The Miraculous Births

1) Sarah, the wife of Abraham, became pregnant and gave birth to Isaac when she was ninety years old (Genesis 17:17 and 21:1). This qualifies as a miraculous birth. There are six more such births listed in the Bible.

2) Isaac's wife, Rebekah, was barren (Genesis 25:21) but the Lord blessed her and she gave birth to Jacob and Esau.

3) Jacob's beloved wife, Rachel, was childless. The Lord heard her prayers and she became pregnant and delivered Joseph (Genesis 30:22).

4) The next miraculous birth in the Bible does not appear until many years later, in the time of the Judges of Israel. We are not given the name of the mother, but are informed that she was sterile (Judges 13:2). The child she gave birth to was Samson, perhaps the mightiest man of the Bible.

5) The Lord had closed the womb of Hannah for many years. However, the Lord heard her prayers and she gave birth to Samuel, the first prophet of Israel (I Samuel 1:1).

6) A thousand years later Elizabeth, who was barren and “well along in years” became pregnant with John, known as “the Baptist” (Luke 1:18-23).

7) Six months later Mary was visited by an angel who informed her that she would have a child, Jesus, even though she was a virgin (Luke 1:26-35).

You will have noticed that there are seven miraculous births listed in the Bible. They are:
1) Isaac
2) Jacob
3) Joseph
4) Samson
5) Samuel
6) John
7) Jesus

The Menorah is the Golden Lampstand prescribed by the Lord in Exodus 25:31-40. These seven miraculous births form a Menorah design. In the fourth position, or the servant lamp position, is Samson. The servant lamp position usually refers to the Lord or His Throne, or to light or fire. The name Samson is derived from the Hebrew word for “sun.” According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance, Samson means “like the sun.” Samson is clearly a representation of light and fits the servant lamp position perfectly.

The Lord Jesus was the seventh miraculous birth. Seven is the number of completion. The Lord Jesus certainly completed the Biblical miraculous births. All Christians are especially thankful for this seventh, wonderful, miraculous birth, the birth of Jesus. The Lord is to be praised forever for sending His Son for me and you!

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