CHILDREN ARE A BLESSING FROM GOD: THE MORE THE BETTER
“3. Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. 5. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127: 3-5
“4. Of Heman, the sons of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth. 5. All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer to exalt him according to the words of God, for God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman.” 1 Chronicles 25: 4-5
“4. And obed-edom had sons: Shemaiah the first-born, Jehozabad the second, Joah the third, Sacar the fourth, Nethanel the fifth, 5. Ammiel the sixth, Issachar the seventh, and Peullethai the eighth; God had indeed blessed him.” 1 Chronicles 26: 4-5
According to Holy Scripture in Psa. 127:5, “How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.” Children (the more the better) are a blessing from God. What this has to do with birth control is plain to see: for birth control seeks to prevent children from being conceived, thereby preventing children from being born. This act prevents blessings of God from being given to people. Lest there be those who would say, “those kinds of blessings I don’t want,” let us recall the story about Esau in Gen. 25:29-34. God gave Esau a blessing (his birthright), and Esau sold it to his brother Jacob for a bowl of stew! Genesis says that by this act Esau “despised” the blessing of God. What does Hebrews 12:16 have to say about Esau? It says that Esau was “a godless person… who sold his own birthright for a single meal.” Christians of today have been so influenced by our godless materialistic culture that their view of children is the same as that of the world: “children are an economic drain – they make you poor – they limit economic progress – they prevent women from reaching their potential.” This is not what the Bible says. The Bible says in 1 Chron. 25:5 that “God gave fourteen sons and three daughters to Heman” “to exalt him.” (It does not say, “to degrade him” or “to make him disgustingly poor”, which is what our modern birth control advocates might have written, had they and not the Holy Spirit been in charge of writing the Bible!) The Holy Spirit also wrote in 1 Chron. 26:5 that “God had indeed blessed” Obed-edom by giving him eight sons! Planned Parenthood or some of our modern so-called “Christian Sex Manuals” might have used Obed-edom as a horror story for “overpopulation.”
By the way, I have heard of people who say that they have a “quiver full of children” by having three or five children “because back in ancient times that was how many arrows soldiers carried in their quivers.” I am not aware of the source of this amazing and ridiculous viewpoint, which may be overthrown “out of the mouths of babes and sucklings.” Just go up to a little boy or girl and ask them this question: “If you were a soldier, and you were going to be in a battle with the fierce enemy, how many arrows would you put in your quiver?” The answer will be “piles and piles of arrows” or bunches and bunches of arrows.” So children can interpret Psalm 127:4-5 better than people who already are in favor of birth control. “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them…”
Which passage obviously means that the more children a believing couple has, the better. The amount of children with which a couple is blessed should be determined by God, not birth control. Dr Luther had this to say concerning Psa. 127: “This passage [Gen. 9:1], moreover leads us to believe that children are a gift of God and come solely through the blessing of God, just as Ps. 127:3 shows. The heathen, who have not been instructed by the Word of God, believe that the propagation of the human race happens partly by nature, partly by accident, especially since those who are regarded as most suited for procreation often fail to have children. Therefore the heathen do not thank God for this gift, nor do they receive their children as the gift of God.” (Luther’s Work, Vol. 2, p. 132.)
If Martin Luther was alive today, would he not disapprove of many Christians who view children as a bad thing, and so practise birth control to prevent God from sending more blessings to them? If God wanted to bless Christians by sending them a house to live in, would people practise “house-control” and refuse the house? We think not. And we are not aware of any people who would turn down God if he wanted to reward them with money, either. But when it comes to children, Christian principles change as if by magic!
But truly Scriptural principles do not change at all: therefore Christians should willingly receive the blessings which God has for us, and not try to prevent them.