Nursing babies

Psalm 9, Isaiah 66:7-24, Hebrews 9:1-10

Isaiah 66 holds beautiful imagery for any mother.  I could picture each thing Isaiah wrote but I’m not sure I understand the bigger picture.

v. 7 -9 deal with a birth that occurs without labor.  Verse 7 says,

 “Before she was in labor
she gave birth;
before her pain came upon her
she delivered a son.

I read this and, having given birth to eight children, had to agree with verse 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.

I have never heard of such a thing.

But really, where he got me was in verse 11 —

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

So many times, I have nursed a baby and felt him or her relax in my arms and finally fall into a deep blissful sleep.  My sister-in-law would look at them at say, “Milk-drug!” because it was almost like the milk was a drug that knocked them out.  More, I think, it was the comfort and the closeness, that allowed them the peace to fall asleep.

The world is such a stimulating place for an infant —  so much to see!  so much to learn!  so much to soak in!  The comfort of a mother’s arms and a mother’s breast is a solace.  I think that ‘s why Isaiah, in verse 12, says,

Behold I will extend peace to her like a river…

Then he goes on in verse 12 to describe scenes that any parent can relate to —

and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,
and bounced upon her knees.

It’s a progression from nursing baby, to being carried on her hip, to being bounced on her knees.  I have done all these in abundance.

Finally in verse 13 it says,

As one whom his mother comforts,
so I will comfort you;
you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

The imagery seems to apply to God — here as the mother — and His people or Jerusalem.

It is  a beautiful picture.  Now, how to apply it to my life?


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