"And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men." (Luke 1:24-25 KJV)
From the beginning, the Jewish nation raised their women to want children because God had said to "multiply" and so to have no children became a disgrace. Barrenness was a problem for the nation from the very beginning. Sarah was 90 years old before she was given a child of her own. They knew that only Our Awesome God could have given them Isaac. Rachel, in Genesis 30:1, cried to Jacob to give her children. This feeling of women wanting children and that not having them was God "shutting" their womb. The condition was seen again in the First Century Women when Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist, conceived late in life. At any age, childbirth was risky in the first century world since medical knowledge and practices were limited, vague or wrong. The estimate from archeologists is that, in the first century AD, about 30 % of the children died before they were a year old.
Other tasks performed by the Jewish women included: 1) breast feeding the infant for the first two to three years, 2) the mother served as the main influence on the children until the sons were 5-7 years old and the men took over raising the boys, 3) the education concerning Our Awesome God and Jewish history was given by the women until the boys left (then the men taught the boys a trade, usually their own) and 4) the girls were taught all the domestic skills required of women and the laws concerning purity issues.
The wife and mother worked hard to maintain their households and meet family needs. She performed personal duties related to her husband which included washing his hands, face and feet. Much of her time was consumed by manual labor. Preparing food, hand washing laundry and making new clothing all took time. She cleaned the house, cooked, barbered, kept water in the house, had children and put oil in the lamps. She met the needs of any guests or visitors in the home. She was needed!
Join us as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard, telling others and reminding ourselves about His story, Jesus Christ's Salvation, and our eternal home with Him, trying to help them to understand Our Creator better. Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. At 6:00 PM Sunday evening, we have a Bible Study along with AWANA for children until 7:30 PM. On Wednesdays, we meet at 7:00 PM for Prayer Requests, and a Bible Study follows until 8:00 PM. We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill