Changes in the tide




May the sovereign God bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! Then you will become a large nation.
Genesis 28:3

Then God said to him, “I am the sovereign God. Be fruitful and multiply! A nation – even a company of nations – will descend from you; kings will be among your descendants!
Genesis 35:11

because of the God of your father,
who will help you,
because of the sovereign God,
who will bless you
with blessings from the sky above,
blessings from the deep that lies below,
and blessings of the breasts and womb.
Genesis 49:25

When God commanded reproduction (Genesis 1:28), He had already enabled it in His nature. El Shaddai meaning God who nourishes, supplies and satisfies. “Shaddai” seems to have its meaning from a number of sources:

  • The root word shadad (verb), meaning “to overcome” or “to destroy” indicating omnipotence
  • Shad meaning “breast”, or shadairn meaning “breasts” (Genesis 49:26) indicating sufficiency and nourishment
  • Dai meaning enough, indicating sufficient provision

El Shaddai is often mentioned when God’s providence/ reproductive fruitfulness is needed particularly in Genesis (Genesis 17:1-2, 28:3, 35:11, 48:3-4, 49:24-25). Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3) because reproduction comes from Him. Not just the command, but the design and ability.

We need to treat the ability and responsibility to reproduce with respect, never to downplay it (as is the case with homosexuality) or to disrespect it (as is the case with abortion). Life is sacred and life comes from God.