Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
"I shall put enmity between you and the woman." (Genesis 3:15)
God had promised that the heavenly part of his organization, referred to in prophecy as his "woman," would produce a seed that would bruise the serpent in the head. But thousands of years went by, and God's woman produced no seed capable of destroying Satan and his works. Consequently, Isaiah's prophecy calls her "barren" and "hurt in spirit." (Isaiah 54:1, 5, 6) Eventually, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. But only after his baptism, when he was begotten by the spirit to become a spiritual son of God, did Jehovah announce: "This is my Son." (Matthew 3:17; John 3:3) The primary part of the "seed" of the woman had finally presented himself. Later, followers of Jesus were also anointed and begotten by holy spirit. Jehovah's "woman," who for so long had felt like a "woman that did not give birth," could at long last "cry out joyfully." -Isaiah 54:1; Galatians 3:29.
(Watchtower issue: 11/01/07, 2:10, 11)
*just a side point ... have you ever noticed how women in the Bible who eventually gave birth to a child who played a significant role in God's purpose seemed to be barren and had to wait quite awhile longer than most of the other women? (Like in the case of Sarah, Rachel, Elizabeth, and Hannah?) I guess the old saying is true: "good things come to those who wait" =)