Breasts and wombs

Whenever a woman’s body is discussed in the Bible, the emphasis is usually on her breasts and womb.

That’s because these are the only parts of the female anatomy expressly created to bring protection, nourishment and comfort to others.

There are parts of women’s bodies that bring pleasure to self and others, and the Bible mentions these where appropriate, but God is more concerned about far more than our pleasure, and these two organs are the only ones mentioned throughout the Bible, in both Testaments, including by Christ Himself. They’re not confined to erotic sections of God’s word.

In Genesis 49:22-25, we read

“Joseph is a fruitful vine,
    a fruitful vine near a spring,
    whose branches climb over a wall.[k]
23 With bitterness archers attacked him;
    they shot at him with hostility.
24 But his bow remained steady,
    his strong arms stayed[l] limber,
because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob,
    because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 because of your father’s God, who helps you,
    because of the Almighty,[m] who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above,
    blessings of the deep springs below,
    blessings of the breast and womb.”

Part of psalm 22 says:

All who see me mock me;
    they make mouths at me; they wag their heads;
“He trusts in the Lord; let him deliver him;
    let him rescue him, for he delights in him!”

Yet you are he who took me from the womb;
    you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts.
10 On you was I cast from my birth,
    and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

And in Isaiah 49:15:

“Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”

 

Fruitful or barren breasts and wombs were also a sign of either blessings or curses:

14 Give them, Lord—

what will you give them?

Give them wombs that miscarry

and breasts that are dry.

15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal,

I hated them there.

Because of their sinful deeds,

I will drive them out of my house.

I will no longer love them;

all their leaders are rebellious.

– Hosea 9

“While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women 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

As we can see, breasts and wombs are often mentioned in tandem. Goes to show how much God values life and a woman’s natural ability to selflessly support it.

Everything God does is for a purpose, and His words and actions always reflect His character. The physical creation has a greater spiritual significance.

He emphasizes a woman’s breasts and womb much more than contemporary society because their functions point to his role as life-giver, nurturer, sustainer, comforter, protector, provider, and merciful shelterer.

Let me be clear on one thing. In 2019, we also place an emphasis on women’s sexual body parts for sure. We stress breasts and other male-obsessed parts of the female anatomy, and when we emphasize breasts, it’s always for advertising purposes, or for self-esteem and sexual pleasure, not to showcase the innate beauty of these nurturing organs. And honest praise for a woman’s life-giving uterus, especially coming from men? That’s just weird.

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