Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Perfection of Conception

Throughout my reading of Genesis, there have been a lot of genealogies listed. One thing stuck out to me in particular: how frequently a man and woman would sleep together and a son would be conceived, often times making it seem as though there was only one time of union. Of course, perhaps that only seems that way because the author only wanted to discuss the "interesting" parts, but take for example the story of Judah and Tamar in Genesis 38. Tamar disguised herself as a harlot, Judah paid her for her services, they had intercourse, and Tamar conceived and bore two twin sons.

Why am I fascinated by the frequency of one-time conceptions of a son? Because according to research, there is a difference between the sperm that carry the male chromosome and the female chromosome. Supposedly, the male sperm swim faster, but I guess they over-do it and so they die within about 24 hrs after ejaculation. Whereas, the female sperm swim slower, but are the slow and steady type, so they live for several days. (Maybe that's why there is a greater population of women than men??)

Since a woman's egg is only alive for 12-24 hours, it should be obvious how conception requires so many individual components to be perfectly in sync for it to occur. It's truly a miraculous thing. So there lies my fascination - one time of sex, timed perfectly by God's will that the woman has a live egg, and the one union took place within the time frame for a male sperm to win the race.

I believe this is such a clear example of the sovereign will of God at work in those people's lives. He worked everything out so that each and every one of those sons would be born, many of whom discussed in Genesis would ultimately be part of Jesus' lineage.

So be at peace, and know that God is watching over every event. In His perfect timing, if He is willing, he can conceive a child in my womb and in the womb of other women struggling with infertility. Trust Him, always!

Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

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