The Kingdom of God and Childbirth

With Christmas just around the corner being the time that Christians remember the birth of Christ, I was reminded of a modern day parable (see below) written by Doctor Wayne Dyer regarding Life after the here and now.

This verse below from the book of John in the Bible is where Nicodemus approaches Jesus and he is confronted with Jesus impressing upon him, that to enter the ‘kingdom of God’ a man must  be ‘born again”. Many in this world today cannot comprehend this mystery so I am hoping Dr Dyer’s parable might help in some small way to explain just what being ‘born again’ means.

From the Bible: John 3:2 – 6 Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews he came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know You are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs You are doing if God were not with him.” 3 Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again” 4“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Can he enter his mother’s womb a second time to be born? Jesus answered “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh is born of flesh, but Spirit is born of the Spirit.

A Conversation in the Womb – A modern day parable of life after delivery by Dr Wayne Dyer:

In a mother’s womb were two babies.

One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?

”The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.”

“Nonsense” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”

The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.”

The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short. Life after delivery is to be logically excluded.”

The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.”

The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet Mother and she will take care of us.”

The first replied “Mother? You actually believe in Mother? That’s laughable. If Mother exists then where is She now?”

The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of Her. It is in Her that we live. Without Her this world would not and could not exist.”

Said the first: “Well I don’t see Her, so it is only logical that She doesn’t exist.”

To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and you really listen, you can perceive Her presence, and you can hear Her loving voice, calling down from above.

This is so true, the mother literally surrounds her baby and the mother’s voice does speak from above the womb, even though life outside the womb cannot be comprehended in a true sense by the baby within……

But there is a bigger picture than that spiritually.

Our Father in Heaven calls out from above as well and he surrounds us with his love here on earth and provides us spiritually and physically with everything we need to sustain us and bring us life. We are his offspring. Acts 17:28 for in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘we are his offspring.’

We see evidence of who God is through creation but because he is not seen He is hard for us to comprehend.

Babies are born from the darkness of their mother’s womb/from flesh into the light of the Sun.

In a spiritual sense by the Holy Spirit we are delivered from the darkness of this world into the light of the Son, ‘From Flesh to Spirit’;    as Jesus said in John 3:4 Flesh is born of flesh, but Spirit is born of the Spirit.

At the moment of birth the mother finally sets her eyes on her fully matured child that was within her womb, then she presents her child to its father!

In a spiritual sense through ‘faith in Christ’ we are ‘born of the Spirit’, and are nourished by Him and will be fully matured to full completion (Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ) and then at last, when the time is right, we will be delivered/born from the darkness of this world into the brightness of the Kingdom of God where at last Christ will present us ‘the children of faith by the Spirit’ to His Father in Heaven.

Phil 3:20-21 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to subject all things to Himself, will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious body.…

John 14:2-3 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

The Old life will pass away and the New Life in Heaven will come.

The name Elijah and its meaning

The Message revealed in the Old Testament prophet Elijah’s name.

The word אל (El) in Elijah, is the common abbreviation of Elohim, often used of “God” in the Hebrew.
The word יהו (Jah), in Elijah is Yahu and translates as “He is God”.
The two sections of the Elijah’s name both testify and reveal God. The full name of Elijah translates as
“My God is YHWH”

In the Old Testament the Prophet Elijah’s life demonstrated and revealed the power of God to the people of his time.

In the New Testament it was prophesied of John the Baptist that he would come in the Spirit of Elijah and prepare the way of the Lord and that he would restore all things.

Luke 1: 16-17 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.17 And he shall go before him in the “spirit and power of Elijah”, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Matthew 17: 11-13 Jesus replied “Elijah” does indeed come, and he will restore all things but I tell you that Elijah has already come and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands. Then the disciples understood that He was speaking to them about John the Baptist. (Jesus was to suffer as John the Baptist did by being killed).

But there is more to it than that, the common unspoken name of God/YHWH displayed in Elijah’s name also brings a very powerful message and “reveals” God’s plan for mankind through Jesus.

When John the Baptist first laid eyes on Jesus he said these words

John 1:29, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”

The Four letters that make up the Name of God/YHWH in the Hebrew are.
יהוה (Yood, Hey, Vav, Hey)

The first letter which is read from right to the left is the letter Yood in the Palio Hebrew (or ancient Hebrew language) and it was a symbol or sign of a hand.

The second and fourth letters are the same and are the letter Hey. The Palio Hebrew letter for Hey was a picture of a window – (a window “reveals” – when we look through a window it reveals the outside to us, and also it is said that our eyes are the windows of our soul which reveal who we are).
The third letter is the Vav and in the Palio Hebrew was a picture of a wooden peg or nail which was used to bind things together.

The Palio Hebrew meaning of the word YHWH is –

“The Hand Revealed the Nail Revealed”.

The name of God pictures the nails in Jesus hands.  It is through the sacrifice of Jesus the Lamb of God that all things can be restored as John the Baptist prophesied before he baptised Jesus. There is so much prophesied in the name of Elijah and he surely does reveal the name of God and His plan of restoration for mankind.

These words of Jesus in Matthew 17 seem like a bit of a riddle
“Elijah” does indeed come first, and he will restore all things but I tell you that he has already come and they did not recognize him, but have done to him whatever they wished. In the same way, the Son of Man will suffer at their hands.

Is Jesus doing a play on words here and speaking also of himself and how he will restore all things through the Name of YHWH and that he would suffer and we would see

The Hand Revealed and The Nail Revealed

I wonder……..?