"But the people of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, so that the land was filled with them."
The Bible is chock-full of shadows, parallels, analogies and more literary devices. All the while, it maintains its historical accuracy, its infallibility, and its sacredness generation after generation.There are many instances in which the words recorded in Scripture were spoken to Israel and Israel alone. For example: all of the promises to make Israel prosper as a nation. We as Americans can't take that and say that it also applies to our nationhood. God may or may not have a plan for our prosperity from this point forward, and it certainly seems like he has blessed us for the last 200+ years. However, that American elitism didn't come because some guy in the 1700s claimed the blessing for America.
What the Bible spoke directly to the people of Israel can actually also apply to us in many ways. One of the parallels/lessons of the Old Testament that modern day Christians would do well to heed to is found in the verse above.
And lots of them. I'll say it strongly: if the people of Israel didn't value family and child-rearing, they would have never left the bonds of Egypt. I say this knowing good and well that God can raise up children unto Abraham from the stones. However, for sake of human responsibility working alongside/within God's sovereignty, I will stand by the statement. I stand by it because the bible prefaces the entire book of Exodus and the story of THE exodus by talking about how fruitful and exceedingly strong they were because they had "increased greatly." Israel built an army without even realizing they were doing it along the way. The Bible doubles down on this principle a few verses later when Pharaoh realizes, "Behold, the people of Israel are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us..." (Exodus 1:9-10)
The principle here is pretty obvious. Let me stoke the fire of your childhood (some of you) with another parallel.
"Those puny little ants outnumber us 100 to 1 and if they ever figure that out, there goes our way of life!"
There is strength in numbers. Right now, there is a tidal wave of subjective self seeking gratification destroying our country. The earthquake hit the ocean floor in the mid 20th century with the rise of modern feminism coupled with the sexual revolution. Obergefell was not a cause of where we are now so much as it was a fruit of the prior 70 decades of the triumphing of self. The wave has almost hit the shoreline and total destruction is on the horizon. America is a coastal town that is about to need rebuilding. After the collapse of the ideological tower of babel that is being built in our country and the greater western civilization right now, there will be a major void that needs to be filled. Anytime there is a void it must be, and always is, filled. Will we allow the demonic ideology of the enemy that brought us here refill the very void that it will ultimately create or will we step in like Ezra and Nehemiah and pick up the pieces?
Right now it appears as though Christians are outnumbered 100 to 1 in western civilization. Whether that number is 100 to 1 or more like 10 to 1, it could easily be 5 to 1 in favor of Christians within two generations.
More Opportunity than an Ice Salesman in the Sahara
If we are to pick up the pieces, we will need bodies to assist in the effort. We can't depend on automation for everything. Pew research has a study that shows the average household size for Christians worldwide is 4.5 compared to 5.1 for all non-Christians. In theory, that's just over two children per family. We are having less kids and wondering where are the Christian influence went. The problem is exacerbated in the West. The average household size for Christians in North America is 3.4, Germany is 2.7, and the U.K. is 2.9. I suppose we are too sophisticated for kids.
In case you have been living under a rock lately, the forces at hand are promoting the sexual reproductive mutilation of the next generation. It's almost as if God is handing the next generation a victory on a silver platter if we would only be faithful to His commands. God doesn't say "multiply and have 2.5 kids per household." Instead he says, "Be fruitful and multiply." He also says:
"Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate." (Psalm 127:3-5)
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver. I can't imagine interpreting that as, "Yeah we think two is the perfect number! One boy, one girl." If Christian households would increase the rate of fruitfulness from 2.5 to 3.6, there would probably be five Christians for every one non-Christian by the time our grandchildren are beginning to be fruitful and multiply.
Books could be, and are already, written on why Christians have taken the back seat to raising children but that's not the focus here. I want to exhort you to consider the fruitfulness that the Bible promises to those who have many children. There are so many promises and blessings in scripture that revolve around children. These are yours to have. Your heavenly Father is pleased to give them to those of you who are able to have children.
Hope in the Ruins
Quickly I want to address those that cannot have kids.
I sympathize with those who can't have kids. There was a long time early in our marriage that my wife and I thought we wouldn't be able to have kids. We know many couples who are in that position right now or have been for years without end. Consider the beauty of adoption. The Bible says that we ourselves were adopted into the family of God. We now receive the inheritance that was promised for God's people. Formerly, we were strangers and aliens. That blessing is meant to be adopted, pun intended, in our material world. If you can't have kids or you are in a position to be able to adopt, do it! There are many children out there who could receive that same paralleled blessing that you received when God called you out of the darkness and into His marvelous light.