I hope that whether you loved, hated, or felt indifferent to this review, that you get this movie and see it for yourself. Packed with American history, Church history, and discussing hot, controversial topics, Birth control: How did we get here? will leave an impression with you that you will not soon forget.
Date: 593-570 BC – Year: 3411-3434 – Ref: Ez 36:11, 37f;
“‘I will multiply on you man and beast; and they will increase and be fruitful; and I will cause you to be inhabited as you were formerly and will treat you better than at the first. Thus you will know that I am the LORD.” (Eze 36:11 NAS95)
“37 ‘Thus says the lord GOD, "This also I will let the house of Israel ask me to do for them: I will increase their men like a flock. 38 "Like the flock for sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so will the waste cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they will know that I am the LORD."’"” (Eze 36:37-38 NAS95)
Ezekiel prophesies to the land of Israel, that it will no longer be a grave for its former wicked possessors, but rather a place where the righteous remnant will return and “be fruitful and multiply.” Ezekiel looks forward to a period of many children born in the nation.
Date: 628-561 BC – Year: 3376-3443 – Ref: Jer 23:1-8;
“"Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.” (Jer 23:3 NAS95)
Jeremiah prophesies re-gathering a righteous remnant of sheep back into Israel’s own pasture, where they will “be fruitful and multiply” and be led by good shepherds.
Jeremiah looks forward to a time of fruitful families living in the land! So, one can see that the command to be fruitful and multiply is not just some past, already fulfilled, no longer applicable command, bur rather something that still applies and the Lord still looks forward to. Roughly 3,400 years after creation, God tells His people through the prophet Jeremiah that there will come a day when the people won't simply look back at their miraculous delivery from Egypt, but instead look to their present regathering in their own land!
Date: 586 BC – Year: 3418 – Ref: Jer 29:4ff;
Israel does eventually subdue and take the Promised Land of Canaan. Over many years the new nation of Israel moves through various governmental systems, a period of judges followed by monarchy. The monarchical period began with a United Kingdom, but through sin, devolved into a Divided Kingdom; the Northern half was called Israel with Samaria as its capital and Southern half was called Judah with Jerusalem as its capital. The Northern Kingdom was ruled by a continual succession of wicked kings and God allowed them to be conquered by pagan Assyria in 722 BC. The Southern Kingdom had several godly kings and God allowed them outlast the North by another 136 years. In that period, Babylon conquered Assyria and then Judah, the Southern Kingdom, in 586 BC.
“4 "thus says the LORD of hosts, the god of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, 5 ‘build houses and live [in them;] and plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 ‘take wives and become the fathers of sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; and multiply there and do not decrease.” (Jer 29:4-6 NAS95)
As Southern Kingdom of Judah was in the midst of falling and being taken away into captivity to live in Babylon, God instructed His people to build homes, plant gardens, marry, and have children; In the midst of such trying circumstances, God specifically commands them to be fruitful and multiply.
Date: 1030 BC – Year: 2974 – Ref: Psalm 8
In this great song of admiration, David extolls the excellence of the name of God. David surveys the majestic power of God in creation and His condescension towards man, celebrating the great love and kindness of God toward mankind, not only in man’s creation, but especially in his redemption by Jesus Christ. The Lord has ultimate dominion, but man was created in God’s image (Gen 1:26f) and for ongoing conformity to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29). Man was given dominion over God’s marvelous creation, which even little children acknowledge as truth (Matt 19:14; 21:15f)!
Certainly, if man is to take dominion and “rule over the works of [God’s] hands” by having “all things under [man’s] feet” including land animals, birds and fish, he must have many children. Such fruitfulness is required for such a vast undertaking of stewardship.
“1 ¶ « For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David. » O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! 2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. 3 ¶ When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; 4 What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! 6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7 All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, 8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!” (Ps 8:1-9 NAS95)
Date: 1491 BC – Year: 2513 – Ref: Deu 24:5
Interestingly, on the heels of the laws regulating divorce, Moses writes of another law regarding the first year of marriage.
"5 "When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken." (Deu 24:5 NASB)
God prioritizes family over warfare.
Men were prohibited from being drafted into military service, nor could they be assigned any travel duties the entire first year of marriage. The placement of this law is telling, in that divorce may be prevented by the faithful adherence to this law which narrowed a man’s focus on his wife, in a special way, in his first year of marriage. This also would naturally increase opportunities for the marital bond and thus serve to make it more probable that children would be born to the couple as early in marriage as possible.
Such a law of exemption fostered healthy, happy, harmonious marriages and families; it afforded the opportunity for husband-wife affections to take a firm root; it enabled God to bless the couple with children. These provide strong guards against divorce.
It is interesting that many Christians today put off having children, when God teaches the exact opposite. God is so concerned about the marital bond and fruitfulness in marriage that he writes it into law!
One final note, modern Christians often wait until their children are grown and out of the house before they divorce. In this common cultural practice, we see that children can be a protection against divorce. God hates divorce. Christian couples need to work to put away sin, fulfill their God-given roles, and strengthen their marriages.
It is never too late to follow God’s law, and seek to implement His principles. God’s law is wise and for our good.
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Date: 1491 BC – Year: 2513 – Ref: Ex 23:30-33;
When the Israelites are in the wilderness, preparing to go into Canaan, God again re-iterates His command to be fruitful. Yahweh tell his people that...
“30 "I will drive them [the Canaanites] out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land. … 31b " for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand, and you will drive them out before you. "” (Ex 23:30, 31b NAS95)
So, in this case, God's command is in the form of a promise. Cultivating the command yields the fruit of the promise. The Lord will drive out Canaan’s inhabitants gradually as the Israelites fruitfully multiply to fill the land and take dominion and fully possess the formerly pagan region.
Date: 1571 BC – Year: 2433 – Ref: Ex 1:16-2:2a;
About half-way through the period of Egyptian captivity, God provides a glimpse of the attitude of the Israelites regarding the Dominion Mandate.
“1:16 and [Pharaoh] said, "when you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see [them] upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live." 17 But the midwives feared god, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. … 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21 because the midwives feared God, he established households for them. … 2:1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.” (Ex 1:16, 17, 20, 21; 2:1, 2 NAS95)
In the midst of Pharaoh’s threats to kill all boys born to Hebrew households, God’s people still continued to be fruitful and God preserved the growing Israelite people. The Hebrew midwives refused to obey Pharaoh’s evil command. As a direct result of their fear of the Lord, God established households for them.
Pharaoh eventually relented and released the Israelites 215 years after Jacob’s family sojourned into Egypt to survive during the years of famine. It is Israel’s faithfulness to God’s command "be fruitful and multiply" that directly leads to their release.
Date: 1706 to1491 BC – Year: 2298 to 2513 – Ref: Gen 45:1ff; Ex 1:6ff; Acts 7:17;
About two years into the great worldwide famine, at Joseph’s request, his father Jacob’s family came to Egypt to live there.
[Joseph said] “7 “God sent me [here to Egypt] before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance.” (Gen 45:7 NAS95)
It would appear that this promise was already being fulfilled during the 17 years that Jacob lived in Egypt prior to his death, or at least Jacob began to see an encouraging fruitfulness among his own children, grand-children, and great grand-children. Considering that Jacob is Abraham’s grandson, this is roughly 200 years after the promise was given to Abraham. God promises to preserve and deliver His people in a mighty way.
“27 ¶ Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous. 28 Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.” (Ge 47:27-28 NAS95)
After Joseph died, the young people group now known by Jacob’s new name Israel (Gen 32:28), continued to multiply, which caused Pharaoh grave concern.
“6 Joseph died, and all his brothers and all that generation. 7 but the sons of Israel were fruitful and increased greatly, and multiplied, and became exceedingly mighty, so that the land was filled with them.” (Ex 1:6-7 NAS95)
“[Pharaoh] said to his people, “behold, the people of the sons of Israel are more and mightier than we.” (Ex 1:9 NAS95)
So, we see that Israel’s faithfulness to the promise of God regarding fruitfulness is leading to an explosion in the population of nascent Israel. This is the Abrahamic promise of “nation”.
Date: 1896 BC – Year: 2108 – Ref: Gen 26:1-5; 28:13-14;
“4 I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes and my laws.”” (Ge 26:4-5 NAS95)
The Abrahamic Covenant is restated and confirmed to Abraham’s son Isaac. This restatement includes “fruitful multiplicity.”
Date: 1689 BC – Year: 2315 – Ref: Gen 28:12-15; 35:11;
In Jacob’s dream of the ladder to heaven at Luz, he was promised to be fruitful and numerous.
“12 He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants. 14 “Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”” (Ge 28:12-15 NAS95)
Jacob remember this promise many years later in the final days of his life as he passes on the blessing to Joseph’s sons (Jacob’s grandsons and Abraham’s 2nd great grandsons) by adopting them into his family as eventual tribes of Israel.
“3 Then Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and He said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your descendants after you for an everlasting possession.’” (Ge 48:3-4 NAS95)
Jacob again recalls the blessing.
“God also said to him, “I am God Almighty; be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you.” (Ge 35:11 NAS95)
So, the Abrahamic Covenant is restated and confirmed to Abraham’s grandson Jacob, who is the Father of Israel. As with Isaac, it includes the command of “fruitful multiplicity.”
Date: 1921 BC – Year: 2083 – Ref: Gen 12:1-3; 13:16;
“1 ¶ now the LORD said to Abram, “go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father’s house, to the land which I will show you; 2 and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; 3 and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”” (Ge 12:1-3 NAS95)
God’s promise to Abraham included 3 aspects: (1) land, (2) nation, and (3) blessing. At the time, the first two applied primarily to the future nation of Israel and its borders. The third extended beyond Israel’s borders, providing benefits to “all the families of the earth.” (Gen 21:3) through Abraham’s “Seed” – the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Now the promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as referring to many, but rather to one, “And to your seed,” that is, Christ.” (Gal 3:16 NAS95)
God had also promised to Abraham a multi-generational fruitfulness that would carry on throughout all of history.
“I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth, then your descendants can also be numbered.” (Gen 13:16)
At the heart of these three promises is fruitfulness. In a very practical way, the population increase is the driving force which enables Israel’s future greatness. It enables the land of Canaan to be subdued; it enables Israel to establish itself as a great nation; it enables him, through his offspring, to be a blessing to the nations through the ages.
Date: 2348 BC – Year: 1656 – Ref: Gen 9:1-7;
“1 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. 2 “The fear of you and the terror of you will be on every beast of the earth and on every bird of the sky; with everything that creeps on the ground, and all the fish of the sea, into your hand they are given. 3 “Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant. 4 “Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. 5 “Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. 6 “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man. 7 “As for you, be fruitful and multiply; Populate the earth abundantly and multiply in it.”" (Gen 9:1-7 NASB)
After the Great Flood, the Lord re-iterates the Dominion Mandate. This is important because Noah, and those of later generations, might have been inclined to think that God was finished with mankind. God saw man’s unrestrained wickedness, expressed grief over his perpetual sin, and determined to destroy them. But, this restatement of the Dominion Mandate indicated that there was still a future for man in God’s eyes.
Also, it is clear enough that Noah himself followed the Dominion Mandate in that he literally ruled over just about the entire world – animals, birds, and plants brought onto the ark; he was also the head of his household, who were saved on account of his righteousness. Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” (2Pet 2:5) and an “heir” of what he preached (Heb 11:7).
Note that there are 3 unique instructions in this passage:
- [#1.] Be fruitful and multiply
- [#2.] Man able to eat meat, no longer vegetarian
- [#3.] Capital punishment
- [#1.] Be fruitful and multiply
Some say that the “be fruitful and multiply” command was given only to Noah and his sons. That wouldn’t make much sense, since Shem, Ham and Japheth could only have so many children. So, the “fill the earth” command would obviously need to go on for many generations. Also, most Christians today eat meat and many are for capital punishment. It is inconsistent to say that the “be fruitful and multiply” command, which appears twice, need not apply today while holding on to the other commands.
Today, I will begin a series of blog posts on the Biblical command to “be fruitful and multiply.” I will trace this thread throughout 3,600 years of Old Testament Biblical history, beginning with Genesis 1 right through the Malachi 4. I will show the verse, with a brief heading and date, and offer a view brief comments.
The First Commandment At Creation
Date: 4004 BC – Year: 0 – Ref: Gen 1:28;
“God blessed them; and God said to them, “be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”” (Ge 1:28 NAS95)
On the sixth day of creation, God mandates that Adam and Eve take dominion over His creation. This is known as the Dominion Mandate. The command is to both of them – husband and wife. There are two major parts to the Mandate:
- populating the earth, and
- subduing the earth.
These two facets are related. The earth cannot be subdued unless it is populated. Subduing does not refer to any one particular point in history, but rather an ongoing stewardship throughout all of history. This command is given to God’s people.
We’ll be back in Spartanburg, SC this weekend at theTeach Them Diligently Convention! April 3-5!
Please stop by booth 908 in the vendor hall for new and updated products and discounts currently only available at our booth!
For select bulk orders, we’re offering $5 per DVD of our first documentary, BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?, now with French, Italian, and English subtitles.
As always our DVDs are only $10 at the booth, and we’ve got fantastic discounts for those who which to purchase multiple products, such as a DVD for themselves and one for a friend, or if you want to pick up a movie and a copy of our new 100 page illustrated novel.
Please stop by the booth 908 to learn more and to see our new products first hand! Read up on our new products before you arrive!
Friday April 4 at 9am in Workshop 4 in Spartanburg, hear Scott Matthew Dix of the BIRTH CONTROL Movie Project bring a fast-paced overview of the “Biblical Case for Christian Life without Birth Control.”
Does the Bible speak to the topic of birth control and family planning? How might the Scripture be applied to this area of Christian life? What about financial hardship and other pressing life circumstances that cause pressure on family size? Are you expecting and need Biblical encouragement for your role as a woman? Come and find out the answers to these questions and more at Teach Them Diligently Spartanburg. Click Here for the schedule.
We're proud to announce: Best Documentary at Kingdomwood Christian Film Festival, October 6th 2013 in Atlanta Georgia. Thank you Kingdomwood for the Gold Metal Award!
The BIRTH CONTROL Movie Project traveled to Australia to premiere our first documentary, BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here?. Watch never before seen film footage followed by a panel discussion with Producer Scott Matthew Dix, Director Kevin Peeples, and Historian Allan Carlson, PhD.
Shot on location in Sydney, Australia from the recent World Congress of Families 7 in June 2013.
Interested in a sneak peek of an upcoming product of ours? Make your way over to http://scottbrownonline.com/when-contraception-was-outlawed to hear what Scott Brown of the NCFIC has to say about our new book, Outlawed! How Anthony Comstock Fought and Won the Purity of a Nation.
Today, March 2, 2013, we have finished work on a biography about Anthony Comstock. It was exactly 140 years ago today, on the eve of the passage of the Comstock Act, which was brought to the U.S. House floor on Saturday and passed on the Sabbath, that Comstock stressfully departed just after midnight out of a desire to honor God through obedience to the Fourth Commandment. After a restless night, he left it to the Lord and found out later that day, March 3, 1873, that the Postal Act of 1873 was written into law. This act outlawed obscenity, contraception and abortion. The Comstock era fully came to an end 100 years later with the passage of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton in 1973.
See last year’s blog post for more about this incredible story.
We’re excited to announce that we were honored to be chosen as the Best Sanctity of Life Runner-Up film at this years San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival. R.C. Sproul, Jr. said, “The Sanctity of Life Jubilee Award goes to that film which practiced true religion most faithfully and passionately defends the life given by the Lord and to all those who bear His image.”
Runner up: The Birth Control Movie
Winner: The Drop Box
Brian Ivie, the Director of The Drop Box, said, “I became a Christian while making this movie.” We’re so proud of Brian and his work on the Drop Box. He really deserved to win and we want to thank the judges for honoring our film during the February ceremonies in San Antonio.