My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you struggle with intrusive mental images of ANRs, then “think often that Christ suffered agony for your purity. Fight image with image. Christ crying in agony.”

Titus 2:14:

Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

1 Peter 1:18; 2:24:

You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, [but with the precious blood of Christ]. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

1 Corinthians 5:15:

He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Hebrews 10:29:

How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

From Strategies for Fighting Sexual Sin by John Piper

God created the world in seven days | Got Questions.org

The creation account is found in Genesis 1—2. Most of God’s creative work is done by speaking, another indication of the power and authority of His Word. Let us look at each day of God’s creative work:

Creation Day 1 (Genesis 1:1–5)

God created the heavens and the earth. “The heavens” refers to everything beyond the earth, outer space. The earth is made but not formed in any specific way, although water is present. God then speaks light into existence. He then separates the light from the dark and names the light “day” and the dark “night.”

Creation Day 2 (Genesis 1:6–8)

God creates the sky. The sky forms a barrier between water upon the surface and the moisture in the air. At this point earth would have an atmosphere.

Creation Day 3 (Genesis 1:9–13)

God creates dry land. Continents and islands are above the water. The large bodies of water are named “seas” and the ground is named “land.” God declares that all this is good.

God creates all plant life both large and small. He creates this life to be self-sustaining; plants can reproduce. The plants were created in great diversity (many “kinds”). The earth was green and teeming with plant life. God declares that this work is also good.

Creation Day 4 (Genesis 1:14–19)

God creates all the stars and heavenly bodies. The movement of these will help man track time. Two great heavenly bodies are made in relation to the earth. The first is the sun, which is the primary source of light, and the moon, which reflects the light of the sun. The movement of these bodies will distinguish day from night. This work is also declared to be good by God.

Creation Day 5 (Genesis 1:20–23)

God creates all life that lives in the water. Any life of any kind that lives in the water is made at this point. God also makes all the birds. The language allows that this may be the time God made flying insects as well; if not, they were made on Day 6. All these creatures are made with the ability to perpetuate their species by reproduction. The creatures made on Day 5 are the first creatures blessed by God. God declares this work good.

Creation Day 6 (Genesis 1:24–31)

God creates all the creatures that live on dry land. This includes every type of creature not included on previous days and man. God declares this work good.

When God was creating man, He took counsel with Himself. “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness’” (Genesis 1:26). This is not an explicit revelation of the Trinity but is part of the foundation for such, as God reveals an “us” within the Godhead. God makes man, and man is made in the image of God (men and women both bear this image) and is special above all other creatures. To emphasize this, God places man in authority over the earth and over all the other creatures. God blesses man and commands him to reproduce, fill the earth, and subdue it (bring it under the rightful stewardship of man as authorized by God). God announces that man and all other creatures are to eat plants alone. God will not rescind this dietary restriction until Genesis 9:3–4.

God’s creative work is complete at the end of the sixth day. The entire universe in all its beauty and perfection was fully formed in these six periods labeled as “days.” At the completion of His creation, God announces that it is very good.

Creation Day 7 (Genesis 2:1–3)

God rests. This in no way indicates He was weary from His creative efforts; rather, it denotes that the creation is complete. Further, God is establishing a pattern of one day in seven to rest. The keeping of this day will eventually be a distinguishing trait of God’s chosen people, Israel (Exodus 20:8–11).

Many Christians interpret these “days” as literal, 24-hour periods, a position called Young-Earth Creationism. It should be noted that certain interpretations of these “days” suggest they were indeterminate periods of time. Day-Age Theory and Historical Creationism are two theories that interpret the biblical data in a way that allows for an older earth. Regardless, the events and accomplishments of each “day” are the same.

Isaiah 66

1 Thus says the LORD:
“Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is the place of my rest?
2 All these things my hand has made,
and so all these things came to be,
declares the LORD.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.

3 “He who slaughters an ox is like one who kills a man;
he who sacrifices a lamb, like one who breaks a dog’s neck;
he who presents a grain offering, like one who offers pig’s blood;
he who makes a memorial offering of frankincense, like one who blesses an idol.
These have chosen their own ways,
and their soul delights in their abominations;
4 I also will choose harsh treatment for them
and bring their fears upon them,
because when I called, no one answered,
when I spoke, they did not listen;
but they did what was evil in my eyes
and chose that in which I did not delight.”

5 Hear the word of the LORD,
you who tremble at his word:
“Your brothers who hate you
and cast you out for my name’s sake
have said, ‘Let the LORD be glorified,
that we may see your joy’;
but it is they who shall be put to shame.

6 “The sound of an uproar from the city!
A sound from the temple!
The sound of the LORD,
rendering recompense to his enemies!

Rejoice with Jerusalem

7 “Before she was in labor
she gave birth;
before her pain came upon her
she delivered a son.
8 Who has heard such a thing?
Who has seen such things?
Shall a land be born in one day?
Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment?
For as soon as Zion was in labor
she brought forth her children.
9 Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?”
says the LORD;
“shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?”
says your God.

10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,
all you who love her;
rejoice with her in joy,
all you who mourn over her;
11 that you may nurse and be satisfied
from her consoling breast;
that you may drink deeply with delight
from her glorious abundance.”a

12 For thus says the LORD:
“Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,
and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;
and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
and bounced upon her knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts,
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;
your bones shall flourish like the grass;
and the hand of the LORD shall be known to his servants,
and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.

Final Judgment and Glory of the LORD

15 “For behold, the LORD will come in fire,
and his chariots like the whirlwind,
to render his anger in fury,
and his rebuke with flames of fire.
16 For by fire will the LORD enter into judgment,
and by his sword, with all flesh;
and those slain by the LORD shall be many.

17 “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig’s flesh and the abomination and mice, shall come to an end together, declares the LORD.

18 “For I knowb their works and their thoughts, and the time is comingc to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, 19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. 21 And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the LORD.

22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
that I make
shall remain before me, says the LORD,
so shall your offspring and your name remain.
23 From new moon to new moon,
and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the LORD.

24 “And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their fire shall not be quenched, and they shall be an abhorrence to all flesh.”


Footnotes:
a 11 Or breast
b 18 Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew lacks know
c 18 Hebrew and it is coming

Note how the first footnote relates the word ‘breast’ with ‘abundance.’

God doesn’t make empty promises


New International Version

Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your God.

New Living Translation
Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the LORD. “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God.

— Isaiah 66:9

God isn’t impotent, nor does He celebrate infertility, barrenness, or ineffectual calling. His Word is potent and will certainly yield fruit. He is mighty to save.

Don’t pursue medical wet nursing

Don’t pursue medical wet nursing. It’s too risky. Unless you live in eighteenth century China, where such a practice is accepted and institutionalized, you greatly risk falling into sexual sin. This is especially true for men, because I know we’re more prone to temptation and using the slightest excuse to justify sexual gratification.

But in God’s eyes, I think medical wet nursing is only permitted under two conditions:

  1. The patient is genuinely sick and dying,
  2. Medical wet nursing is culturally accepted as a nonsexual act of care.

Society needs to change at an institutional level to make such acts of care a safe reality.

In the meantime, be careful to avoid moving the goalposts and bending the rules to your fleshly advantage.

Don’t justify your rule-bending lusts. Be patient and wait on the Lord.

Jude: how God really feels about sexual sin

New International Version

Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James,

To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for[a] Jesus Christ:

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

The Sin and Doom of Ungodly People

Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about[b] long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.

Though you already know all this, I want to remind you that the Lord[c] at one time delivered his people out of Egypt, but later destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.

In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”[d] 10 Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct—as irrational animals do—will destroy them.

11 Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error; they have been destroyed in Korah’s rebellion.

12 These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead. 13 They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever.

14 Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones 15 to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”[e] 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage.

A Call to Persevere

17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.[f]

Doxology

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Footnotes

  1. Jude 1:1 Or by; or in
  2. Jude 1:4 Or individuals who were marked out for condemnation
  3. Jude 1:5 Some early manuscripts Jesus
  4. Jude 1:9 Jude is alluding to the Jewish Testament of Moses (approximately the first century a.d.).
  5. Jude 1:15 From the Jewish First Book of Enoch (approximately the first century b.c.)
  6. Jude 1:23 The Greek manuscripts of these verses vary at several points.

Repost: ANR outside marriage = adultery

Email I recently received:

“I have  met two Christian men on ANR dating sites and all of them are like myself, in that they were sexually active before they gave their life to Christ. And each of them has the same opinion on nursing vs sex. Each of them believed that nursing can be a permissible act between unwed partners as an alternative to intercourse before marriage. I don’t have an opinion on the subject yet, but I am trying to form one and I’d like the input of someone…I am inclined to agree with them because there is nothing in the scripture prohibiting it  as far as I can tell, though a biblical scholar, I am not. Just wondering if you would be willing to share your opinion and why you feel the way you do. […]”

My response:

“Nursing as a way to prevent pre-marital sex? Well…
You say ‘Though I have been successful in abstaining for  the last seven years, I find this the most difficult thing to control.’ This statement shows that if one engages in an ANR, they’re exposing themselves to temptation. There are many sinful things Scripture doesn’t expressly forbid, masturbation being one. Engaging in an ANR before marriage is another example, because an ANR is something sexual. Ezekiel 23:3, 8 and 21 tell us that breasts also serve a sexual purpose, but human experience also bears witness to their sexual nature apart from Scripture.

Unfortunately, I’ve come across some nursers who deny this but to be very frank, I think they’re suppressing the truth, because nipples are erogenous zones. Some things are just so risky that even if the Bible doesn’t explicitly prohibit them, if you practice them, you place yourself in a danger zone.

“Nancy”, since you’re His child…, God will most likely provide you a godly, loving husband to enjoy this intimacy with. Then you can experience uninhibited ANR joy without worrying about sinning. I’ve come to see God’s infinite wisdom in requiring us to flee from sexual immorality. The passion, joy, selfless service and thrill of marital lovemaking are well worth the wait.

Any kind of nursing with multiple women is a sin as you rightfully point out, whether married to any of them or not. God certainly hates that and doesn’t play around with sexual sin.”

Drink water from your own cistern, water flowing from your own well.

Proverbs 5:15

Read full version in original post.

In the bosom of Jesus

“Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved.”

John 13:23 (NKJV)

“One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was at the table, leaning against Jesus’ breast.”

John 13:23 (WEB)

“So he, having his head on Jesus’s bosom, leaned back and asked, ‘Master, who is it?'”

John 13:25 (Weymouth NT)

“Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, ‘Lord, who is it?”

John 13:25 (NKJV)

“Having turned, Peter sees the disciple whom Jesus loved following, the one who also had reclined on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is it who is betraying You?”

John 21:20 (Berean Literal Bible)

“Then Peter, turning around, saw a disciple following. This was the disciple whom Jesus sincerely loved, the one who had also leaned on Jesus’ breast at the supper and asked, “Lord, who is going to betray You?”

John 21:20 (WEB)

Fellow believers, is there any sweeter place to be than in the bosom of Jesus? 🙂 🙂

See also:

In the bosom of the Father

A systematic theology of the female bosom

A systematic theology of the female bosom

*based on female anatomical references to “cheq,” Strong’s Hebrew 2436, meaning “bosom”

“Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her bosom, and became a nurse to him.”

Ruth 4:16

“So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom.”

1 Kings 3:20

“He said to her, “Give me your son.” Then he took him from her bosom and carried him up to the upper room where he was living, and laid him on his own bed.”

1 Kings 17:19

“Why should you be intoxicated, my son, with a forbidden woman and embrace the bosom of an adulteress?”

Proverbs 5:20

“They say to their mothers, “Where is grain and wine?” As they swoon like the wounded In the streets of the city, As their life is poured out In their mothers’ bosom.”

Lamenations 2:12

A Systematic Theology of Breasts

* based on “shad,” Strong’s Hebrew 7699 and 7699a, and “shod,” Strong’s Hebrew 7699b, meaning “breasts” and “female breasts” respectively, “dad,” Strong’s Hebrew 1717, meaning “breasts, teat, nipple,” “μαστός (mastos),” Strong’s Greek 3149, meaning “The breast, pap” and “θηλάζω (thélazó),Strong’s Greek 2337, meaning “I give suck, to nurse, to suckle, to suck.”

“by the God of your father who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that crouches beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”

Genesis 49:25

“Why did the knees receive me? Or why the breasts, that I should nurse?”

Job 3:12

“(There are those who snatch the fatherless child from the breast, and they take a pledge against the poor.)”

Job 24:9

“Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.”

Psalm 22:9


“A lovely deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts drench you at all times; be intoxicated always in her love.”

Proverbs 5:19

“My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts.”

Song of Solomon 1:13

“Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, that graze among the lilies.”

Song of Solomon 4:5

“Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.”

Song of Solomon 7:3

“Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.”

Song of Solomon 7:7

“I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples,”

Song of Solomon 7:8


“Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.”

Song of Solomon 8:1


“We have a little sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for?”

Song of Solomon 8:8


“I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; then I was in his eyes as one who finds peace.”

Song of Solomon 8:10

“To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message? Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast?”

Isaiah 28:9

“Beat your breasts for the pleasant fields,
for the fruitful vine”

Isaiah 32:12

“You shall suck the milk of nations; you shall nurse at the breast of kings; and you shall know that I, the LORD, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Isaiah 60:16

“that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.”

Isaiah 66:11

“I made you flourish like a plant of the field. And you grew up and became tall and arrived at full adornment. Your breasts were formed, and your hair had grown; yet you were naked and bare.”

Ezekiel 16:7

“They played the whore in Egypt; they played the whore in their youth; there their breasts were pressed and their virgin bosoms handled.”

Ezekiel 23:3

“She did not give up her whoring that she had begun in Egypt; for in her youth men had lain with her and handled her virgin bosom and poured out their whoring lust upon her”

Ezekiel 23:8

“Thus you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when the Egyptians handled your bosom and pressed your young breasts.”

Ezekiel 23:21

“you shall drink it and drain it out, and gnaw its shards, and tear your breasts; for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD.”

Ezekiel 23:34

“Plead with your mother, plead— for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband— that she put away her whoring from her face, and her adultery from between her breasts

Hosea 2:2

“Give them, O LORD— what will you give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts.”

Hosea 9:14

“Gather together the people, sanctify the church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones, and them that suck at the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of her bride chamber.”

Joel 2:16

“Do you hear,” they asked Him, “what these children are saying?” “Yes,” He replied; “have you never read, ‘Out of the mouths of infants and of babes at the breast Thou hast brought forth the praise which is due’?”

Matthew 21:16 (Weymouth NT)

“As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”

Luke 11:27

“For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’”

Luke 23:29

Trust and ANR

“I really want to have sex with you because you’re a human male I trust to not murder me in my sleep.”

— funny woman on hit TV show

As this comedienne rightfully states, trust is a huge issue for women in intimate situations involving men. But if you can get a man on your lap, and have him content, milk drunk, and asleep like a baby, you know trust isn’t an issue for you. You’ve cleared that hurdle and won your man over.

“You know you got your man if you have him drinking from you like a baby.”

— African American woman, on an article promoting ANRs, with an inquiring poll on ANR-willingness at the end

God’s loving, tender comfort

“Comfort, comfort my people,
    says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
    and proclaim to her
that her hard service has been completed,
    that her sin has been paid for”

— Isaiah 40

“Shout for joy, you heavens;
    rejoice, you earth;
    burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
    and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
    the Lord has forgotten me.”

15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
    and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget,
    I will not forget you!
16 See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands”

— Isaiah 49

The Lord will surely comfort Zion
    and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
he will make her deserts like Eden,
    her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
    thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

12 I, even I, am he who comforts you.
    Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
    human beings who are but grass”

— Isaiah 51

Burst into songs of joy together,
    you ruins of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people,
    he has redeemed Jerusalem.”

— Isaiah 52

God hates waste; he loves people and emotional warmth

“The LORD alone is God! He created the heavens and made a world where people can live, instead of creating an empty desert. The LORD alone is God; there are no others.”

Isaiah 45:18, CEV


“For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”

ESV

Should I pursue medical wet nursing?

Be extremely careful. It’s too easy to be blindsided by, and end up rationalizing our sin.

Perhaps you have a health condition treatable with breast milk, and you’re considering finding a wet nurse, or nursing a sick man.

To do this without sinning, you need to head over to China or similar country, find a hospital that practices adult wet nursing for health benefits, with many safety protocols such as cameras in place, and a no contact below the waist policy, with all nursing taking place in full view of hospital administrators. The keyword is witnesses.

Anything less, and you won’t be avoiding the appearance of evil which 1 Thess. 5:22 warns us about.

Or you can seek expressed milk. Or just wait till marriage, thereby altogether avoiding the possibility of sinning against a holy God.

The more intimate you are with Christ, the more likely he’ll open your eyes to ways you’ve been blinded by your sin. He’ll get you right back on track.

Repost: Adult breastfeeding wet nurses … for chronically sick and above reproach patients only

“Historically, women have breastfed adults who were sickly to help build their immune systems. The practice has continued more recently than you might realize in countries such as China.”

To a few guys out there, refrain from jumping the gun.

Your headache is not an occasion to seek a wet nurse. There’s no medical evidence to prove ingesting breast milk cures headaches, nor does it treat paper cuts, the common cold, insect bites, hiccups, anxiety, or job pressures.

Don’t move to China because you have a stomach ache. Treat it wherever God placed you, and refocus your heart and mind on Him.

If he didn’t want to taste my breast milk, now that’ll be weird

“There’s nothing weird about a husband being curious about the taste of breast milk. When nursing a baby, if my husband didn’t want to taste my breast milk, now that’s what would really be weird. If he completely avoided my breasts for the twelve months I spent nursing our infant, that’ll be unusual and strange.”

— German woman

In the coming weeks, I hope to post another interesting adult nursing tidbit I learned about Germany, Japan, Hawaii and Guam.

The God who yokes himself to his Bride

Christian, you were born dead and unresponsive, until Jesus Christ decided to take the initiative and yoke himself to you, thus breathing life into your formerly useless lungs.

Now, God’s cup of wrath towards you is empty. You now wear his righteousness. What’s more, Christ is still advocating for you right this moment. His bloody fight for you didn’t stop at the Cross. He is currently interceding on your behalf this very instant with his Father. You’re now drinking deeply of his ocean of grace and his blood flows through your veins. You have a loving, tender and sweet relationship with the Savior of the world, through whom the Universe was made, and he has your back no matter what. He took on the form of a slave, voluntarily put a yoke around his neck and eternally tied himself to you because he loves you so. Now that you’re drinking his blood and eating his flesh, you’re complete. You lack nothing. No pleasures of this life can satisfy, and all human intimacy is only but a shadow and copy of that which you enjoy with the Messiah. The loving tenderness you enjoy or will enjoy with your spouse only points to the sweet, deep, abiding intimacy you’re privileged to have with Yeshua, the righteous One.

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”

— 1 John 2:1-2

Commitment

Women are more commitment- and family-oriented than men. In fact, I’d argue that innate wiring is precisely one of the greatest things that draws them to this relationship.

I’ve heard multiple ANR women stress the importance of finding the right man, to whom they enjoy unrestricted access, prior to bringing in the milk, because of the great deal of commitment required to induce and maintain the milk flow.

The deep, sacred bond of togetherness and intimacy is the pull factor for all Couples Nursers, more so for women.

Skip the tomboy

Tomboyishness versus femininity can only be ascertained through conversation. Yes, you can see signs of both from afar in some women, but looks can be deceptive.

ANR desire is more about who a person is on the inside than external attributes. The spirit is more important than the shell.

So men, I’d exhort you to be forthcoming. Tell her you seek the comforting feminine type, not the tomboy.

Women, the confidently vulnerable, non-Puritanical man is your likely bet.

Cherish your wife by drinking from her

“If Song of Solomon had never been written, and you never saw how men were supposed to cherish their women, and look at Ephesians 5 where they nourished their wives…”

— Lecrae, Like That

Drinking from her breasts is a way to cherish your wife.


“I would give you some spiced wine to drink, some juice squeezed from my pomegranates.”

— Song of Solomon 8:2

A huge mighty God who chooses the least likely, such as nursing, and the Cross

“A huge, mighty God who chooses the least likely.”

— Shai Linne, Election

God prefers to use the unlikeliest, even the taboo, to glorify himself, for example, using a woman nursing her husband to bring unrivaled stability to marriages. Or his Son becoming a curse to rescue sinful men from the curse of sin, which they rightfully earned.

Adult nursing hospitals

Honestly, some relics of the past need to be brought back to life.

I was just thinking of how an adult breastfeeding hospital, even in 2021, could be a viable option for those suffering from chronic illnesses treatable with breast milk.

Consider this previously quoted line:

“Historically, women have breastfed adults who were sickly to help build their immune systems. The practice has continued more recently than you might realize in countries such as China.”

Breast milk is known to help fight cancer, and to contain other health-boosting ingredients. So we could resurrect the practice of nursing the deathly sick, in very professional, well-monitored healthcare settings.

I picture each adult nursing hospital being equipped with cameras to prevent any hanky-panky and patients signing statements of abstention from all touching below the waist, though patients who are sick and dying probably won’t care for sexual engagement. Moreover, the hospitals would employ only highly professional staff, with wet nurses screened for optimal health. All patients would be well-vetted, with their severe illnesses verified prior to acceptance.

Medical wet nursing is an act of service of the past whose resurrection would greatly benefit modern society.

Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses.

2 Timothy 5:23, on the validity of alternative medicine

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

If you struggle with intrusive mental images of ANRs, then “think often that Christ suffered agony for your purity. Fight image with image. Christ crying in agony.”

Titus 2:14:

Christ gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

1 Peter 1:18; 2:24:

You were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, [but with the precious blood of Christ]. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

1 Corinthians 5:15:

He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Hebrews 10:29:

How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?

From Strategies for Fighting Sexual Sin by John Piper

Ancient Breastfeeding

Ancient Egyptians believed in breastfeeding

Even pagans realized the divine value of breastfeeding. Take another look at the relief. Notice how the person she’s breastfeeding isn’t a baby. Now I know pagans engaged in all kinds of strange and sinful customs, but there were cross-cultural similarities between different ancient people groups, irrespective of the worship of YHWH. Commentaries such as the NIV Study Bible attest to these similarities.