If you’re thinking of placing your baby for adoption then you’re sure to have a million questions racing through your mind. However, as with much of life, answers can be found in the Bible. This is especially when it comes to beautiful adoption stories in the Bible.
When looking at the Old and New Testament, we can clearly see God’s heart for adoption and orphans. Heartwarming stories of adoption are woven throughout Scripture, from the Book of Esther to the story of Jesus’ birth. With that being said, let’s take a look at four instances of adoption stories in the Bible and the powerful lessons we can learn from them.
Moses in the Book of Exodus
Moral: Although adoption may be hard, it may be the BEST choice for you and your child.
The Pharaoh had ordered the killing of every Hebrew son. Fearful for her son’s life, Jochebed hid baby Moses. However, when she could no longer hide her son anymore, she had to come up with a plan to save her precious child. Trusting that God would help her and save Moses, she placed him in a basket made of bulrushes and placed him on the bank of the Nile.
As hoped, the daughter of the Pharaoh found the little one when she came to wash at the river. She took the baby into her family to raise him as her own, giving him the name Moses. Later on, Moses grew to be a faithful servant of God. He is most commonly known for leading the Exodus of the Israelites out of Egypt and across the Red Sea where he then received the ten commandments.
We can see from the tale of Moses that even though Jochebed’s decision was not easy, she knew what the best choice was for her son. Because of her brave decision, Moses went on to serve God and his people as an important leader and prophet.
Esther Transforms from Orphan to Queen
Moral: Adoption can give your child his or her BEST chance.
Tragedy struck Esther at an early age. Following the death of both parents, she became an orphan. Luckily for Esther, her cousin, Mordecai, invited her into his family through adoption. At this point, she was given a new chance at life.
Years down the road, she ended up falling in love and marrying the king who was enchanted by her beauty. However, after a disagreement with Mordecai, the king decided to not only assassinate Mordecai, but also, the entire Jewish community.
At this point, Esther was forced to bravely plead with her husband to spare her people. She knew that simply going before the king without invitation might mean losing her own life. But, after pleading for the safety of the Jewish people, the king listened to her and removed the death sentence.
In this story, we see how God was able to work through Esther and bring deliverance to the Jewish people. All of this would not have been possible if it were not for Mordecai. Without the love of her adopted parent, Esther wouldn’t have been given a fair chance and could not have freed her people years later.
Joseph Accepted Jesus As His Own
Moral: The right adoptive parents will LOVE your child as their own.
In Matthew 1:18, Jesus was born from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary. Even though Jesus was not his own, Joseph adopted Jesus as if he was. Together he and Mary raised Jesus Christ and became part of the story that changed the world.
In Joseph’s faithfulness and obedience to the Lord, he cared for, supported, and loved baby Jesus just as a natural father would. In this incredible example, we see the extent to which an adoptive parent loves an adopted child as their own.
God Adopts Us Into His Spiritual Family
Moral: The Bible is the greatest story of adoption!
Ephesians 1:5 “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great delight.”
The story of the Bible is the story of adoption. We are all adopted into God’s spiritual family as a chosen child of God. We are welcomed with open arms and feel the love of His family. In this way, the Bible directly uses adoption as a picture of what God has done for us.
In conclusion, when looking to find adoption stories in the Bible, we find that many individuals have had a calling to either place their baby for adoption or adopt a child of their own. As mentioned earlier, God’s heart for adoption and orphans is seen clearly throughout Scripture.
If you are thinking about placing your baby for adoption, speak to an Adoption Specialist at Texas Adoption Center. Here, we will empower and support you in making the best choice for you and your baby. Call us at 512.518.6171 or text us at 361-461-3742 at any time!