[Jeremiah 34:19] THE PRINCES OF JUDAH,
AND THE PRINCES OF JERUSALEM, THE
EUNUCHS, AND THE PRIESTS, AND ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE LAND, WHICH PASSED
BETWEEN THE PARTS OF THE CALF; â€œTHE EUNUCHSâ€? in Hebrew â€œSarisâ€? is
but it can also mean simply â€œofficialâ€?. Under the Law a person is
to make himself a eunuch or to otherwise make himself infertile. God wants us
to be blessed and commands us to do what we can to receive HIS blessing.
My question is:
Is is rabbinic law or biblical law that
forbids a person to make himself
infertile? What is your source? I have the conviction to leave reproduction
matters up to the Lord and not use birth control of any kind (I am 32 and
only have 1 child, so God knows what I can handle and what I cannot). I
would like to know where the Bible states something along these lines to
refer my friends to. I always just tell them I don't want to turn down any
blessings the Lord will give me, but is there a specific command regarding
In principle we are concentrating on issues directly concerning the
identity of the Lost Ten Tribes. Every now and again we may depart
temporarily from our main goal
but only t0o return to it as son as possible.
You have asked a question that is more complicated than it seems but I will
give you an overall answer. In general the answer is contained in the
OVERALL MESSAGE OF THE BIBLE as much as in specific verses. It is obvious
from scripture that we are expected to do the will of God and that God
wants us to do HIS will and that if we do His will we will be blessed. It
is therefore obvious that God wants us to be blessed. If we prevent
blessings from ourselves we transgress the will of God.
Blessing throughout the Bible includes feritility and bearing children.
In general all of mankind are commanded to be fruitful and multiply:
[Genesis 1:27] SO GOD CREATED MAN IN HIS OWN IMAGE, IN THE IMAGE OF GOD
CREATED HE HIM; MALE AND FEMALE CREATED HE THEM.
[Genesis 1:28] AND
GOD BLESSED THEM, AND GOD SAID UNTO THEM, BE FRUITFUL,
AND MULTIPLY, AND REPLENISH THE EARTH, AND SUBDUE IT: AND HAVE DOMINION
OVER THE FISH OF THE SEA, AND OVER THE FOWL OF THE AIR, AND OVER EVERY
LIVING THING THAT MOVETH UPON THE EARTH.
A person is forbidden
to make himself infertile as it says:
[Leviticus 22:24] YE SHALL NOT OFFER UNTO THE LORD THAT WHICH IS BRUISED,
OR CRUSHED, OR BROKEN, OR CUT; NEITHER SHALL YE MAKE ANY OFFERING THEREOF
IN YOUR LAND.
In the Hebrew Bible: "BRUISED, OR CRUSHED, OR BROKEN, OR CUT" is referring
to the sexual organs. Also in the Hebrew the verse ends with the words,
"And in your land you shall not do so" meaning that harming the sexual
organs of man or beast was to be forbidden.
Israel was blessed
that if they do the will of God there would be no
barrenness amongst them.
[Deuteronomy 7:14] THOU SHALT BE BLESSED ABOVE ALL PEOPLE: THERE SHALL NOT
BE MALE OR FEMALE BARREN AMONG YOU, OR AMONG YOUR CATTLE.
[Exodus 23:25] AND YE SHALL SERVE THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND HE SHALL BLESS THY
BREAD, AND THY WATER; AND I WILL TAKE SICKNESS AWAY FROM THE MIDST OF
[Exodus 23:26] THERE SHALL NOTHING CAST THEIR YOUNG, NOR BE BARREN, IN THY
LAND: THE NUMBER OF THY DAYS I WILL FULFIL.
Even so, someone
who has transgressed the will of God and offended in
themselves or been offended in their bodies by others can still be accepted
through repentance as it says:
[Isaiah 56:4] FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD UNTO THE EUNUCHS THAT KEEP MY
SABBATHS, AND CHOOSE THE THINGS THAT PLEASE ME, AND TAKE HOLD OF MY COVENANT;
EVEN UNTO THEM WILL I GIVE IN MINE HOUSE AND WITHIN MY
WALLS A PLACE AND A NAME BETTER THAN OF SONS AND OF DAUGHTERS: I WILL GIVE
THEM AN EVERLASTING NAME, THAT SHALL NOT BE CUT OFF.
ALSO THE SONS OF THE STRANGER, THAT JOIN THEMSELVES TO THE
LORD, TO SERVE HIM, AND TO LOVE THE NAME OF THE LORD, TO BE HIS SERVANTS,
EVERY ONE THAT KEEPETH THE SABBATH FROM POLLUTING IT, AND TAKETH HOLD OF MY
EVEN THEM WILL I BRING TO MY HOLY MOUNTAIN, AND MAKE THEM
JOYFUL IN MY HOUSE OF PRAYER: THEIR BURNT OFFERINGS AND THEIR SACRIFICES
SHALL BE ACCEPTED UPON MINE ALTAR; FOR MINE HOUSE SHALL BE CALLED AN HOUSE
OF PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLE.
The Bible also forbids
us to commit suicide, it forbids us to murder, and
it forbids us to commit abortions or tolerate them.
The Bible commands us to look after ourselves and our families and to guard
our health and possessions and to seek to increase them
through work, prayer, tithings, and offerings.
I hope this helps. Other people on the list may well have insights of their
own on these issues.