What if God makes the fathers pregnant?

Nothing is impossible with God - Genesis 15: 5; 18, 10ff .; 21, 7

Again and again God had promised Abraham a great offspring: "Count the stars; can you count them? Your offspring should be so numerous!" But the child's blessing did not materialize. Desperate, his wife Sara advised him to father a child with her maid. Hagar gave birth to Abraham's first son, Ishmael, but this did not improve Sara's misfortune. When Sarah and Abraham grew old, a strange thing happened: three men turned up at Abraham and Sarah and said: In one year "behold, Sarah shall have a son". Sara couldn't believe what she was hearing and "laughed at herself and said: Now I'm old, should I still cultivate love?" But a short time later Sara became pregnant. The son she bore was called Isaac. Which would prove: Nothing is impossible with God. (Genesis 15: 5)

"Who would have said of Abraham that Sarah would breastfeed children!"

Envy of the fertile sister - Genesis 29, 31ff.

Isaac's son Jacob had married two sisters, only one of whom he really loved. "But when the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he made her fertile; Rachel was sterile." Lea had children all the time. But Jacob's real love was still for Rachel. When "Rachel saw that she had not given birth to Jacob, she envied her sister and said to Jacob: Create children for me, if not, I will die." And Jacob slept with Rachel's maid, who thereupon had children in Rachel's name. After all, God made Rachel fertile. She gave birth to a son "and said: God has taken my disgrace from me". (Genesis 29, 31ff.)

"When Rachel saw that she had not given birth to Jacob, she envied her sister."

The Unbelieving Father - Judges 13

The mother of the Israelite hero Samson was also sterile for a long time. Until one day "the angel of the Lord appeared" to her and said to her: "See, you are sterile and have no children, but you will become pregnant and bear a son." The angel also prophesied that her son would "be a devotee of God" and save Israel. When she told her husband Manoach about the encounter, he couldn't believe it. He asked God to send the angel again. It was only slowly that he realized that this meeting would change their lives. For his wife actually gave birth to a son, "and called him Samson. And the boy grew up, and the Lord blessed him. And the Spirit of the Lord began to drive him." (Judges 13)

"But there was a man in Zora named Manoach, and his wife was sterile and had no children."

Anna's Prayers - 1 Samuel 1

Hanna, Samuel's mother, was so sad about her childlessness that every time her husband went to his second wife, she cried and ate nothing. "But Elkanah, her husband, said to her: Hannah, why are you crying and why are you not eating? And why is your heart so sad? Am I not worth more than ten sons to you?" Hanna did not let her husband comfort her for the missing children. She went to the temple and fervently asked God for a son. God understood that, and the next time Elkanah slept with Hannah, she became pregnant. (1 Samuel 1)

"... because he loved Hanna, although the Lord had locked her body."

Died a virgin - Judges 11, 30ff.

When Jephthah fought against the Ammonites, he made a pledge to secure God's protection. He said: "If you give the Ammonites into my hand, what comes to me from my front door, when I come back safe, shall belong to the Lord and I will offer it as a burnt offering." Jephtah won, but the joy did not last long, because "when Jephtah came to Mizpah to his house, behold, his daughter went out to meet him with drums and dance". Not only Jephthah was convinced that he should not break his vow. His daughter also took the news with composure. She asked for a delay of just two months to lament her virginity with her friends. Because a life in which you had no children was considered extremely shameful. (Judges 11, 30ff.)

"Allow me two months to go to the mountains and weep my virginity."

Blessing of children - Psalm 113, 5 & 9; Proverbs 17: 6

Having children was not something that could be taken for granted. Descendants were considered a blessing, because only then could the memory of ancestors live on. In the Proverbs of Solomon it is therefore also said: "The grandchildren of the elderly are children, and the honor of children are their fathers." And a psalmist praises God for giving fertility. (Psalm 113, 5, Proverbs 17, 6)

"Who is like the Lord our God ... who honors the sterile in the house so that she can become a happy child mother."

Elisabeth - Luke 1, 5ff.

The New Testament also tells of a couple who had to wait a long time before they wanted to have children. Elisabeth and Zacharias "had no child; for Elisabeth was sterile and both were very old". But one day when Zacharias was doing the service in the temple, an angel appeared to him and promised: "Your prayer has been answered, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to name him John." When Zechariah came out of the temple, he was mute and the people "noticed that he had an apparition in the temple." In fact, Elisabeth became pregnant shortly afterwards. (Luke 1, 5ff.)

"And they had no child; for Elisabeth was sterile and both were very old."