Kingdom Marriage 5 - Parenting
"... bring them up ..."
The wonder of producing a child begins with the realisation that God has given creational life to their love with conception.
The first-time parents' wonder continues throughout pregnancy and culminates in amazement and delight when their baby finally arrives. This is more so for Believers who receive their baby with thanksgiving.
More thanksgiving follows with a celebration to present the baby to God on the Lord's day with His Family.
In all these things, there's the comparison for Believers of when Mary and Joseph had to follow the Law of Moses when they presented the new-born Jesus at the Temple.
Here's what they were required to do:
"... when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord," Luke 2'21-22.
Mary and Joseph were going through a very unusual situation. Nevertheless, they obeyed with a sincere worshipful disposition. How simple things are for believing parents today.
And how wonderful it is to be able to present new babies to our heavenly Father in Jesus' name. And to have the family of God agreeing with Parents in their desire to bring up their child according to the word of Christ.