Infertile women of the bible genesis

The Three Most Important Women of Genesis


Posted: June 24, 2018 by Ashley Ogle

Surprise! This post was written by my husband Taylor. He will be taking over the blog for the rest of the month.  I hope you enjoy his writing as much as I do.       – Ashley

When Ashley asked me to write for her blog, I immediately knew who I wanted to talk about. I decided to write on the three earliest stories of infertility that exists.They are found in the book of Genesis. These stories have really ministered to Ashley and I, and I hope they minister to you as well. 

Infertile women of the bible genesis

 Infertility is so close to God’s heart that it’s presented in the Bible within the first few chapters.. After studying some of the barren women in those chapters of Genesis, I came up with an interesting observation. First, let’s take a look at what God promised Abraham. Genesis 12:2 says, “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.” We see here that God promised Abraham that He would make his family into a great nation. A little later God continues His promise in Genesis 15:5, “He took him outside and said, ‘Look up at the sky and count the stars-if indeed you can count them.’ Then He said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be’.”

So, here’s what we know: God has promised Abraham and Sarah to become a “great nation” and have countless descendants.

However, not everything goes the “perfect way,” as Abraham and Sarah had originally thought. We find out that Sarah is unable to have children. That poses a massive problem to God’s plan and promise. How is God going to fulfill his promise if they can’t have children?


Here’s where it starts to get interesting:

Abraham married Sarah. Sarah was barren. They eventually had a son named Isaac.

Isaac married Rebekah. Rebekah was barren. They eventually had a son named Jacob.

Jacob married Rachel. Rachel was barren. They eventually had a son named Joseph.

What do you see here? Each son battled with infertility, however, each fertility problem was not blood, or directly related. Each of the men, from the line of Abraham dealt with infertility, but it came through their wife.


I think there’s something to be gained here. Why? Don’t you find it baffling that God’s promise to the line of Abraham was “countless” descendants, yet each child dealt with infertility? Doesn’t it make you curious as to why the issue of infertility was brought up through their wives, all of whom were unrelated? This was not a coincidence.

Those women were chosen for a specific purpose.

In God’s original promise to Abraham, isn’t it interesting that in each case (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) the heir came through the barren wife? Why? It seems that God wanted to make the circumstances seem impossible before He went to work to fulfill his promises, to fulfill his blessing. The impossibility was part of God’s fulfillment and it brought Him so much glory.

infertile women of genesis

Friends, here is my thought. I think those men and women felt that God had made them a direct promise, yet not only had He not fulfilled it, it probably seemed like they were moving in the opposite direction. In dealing with infertility, there are several times where it’s easy to feel like not only am I not moving towards having a child, I feel like I’m actually moving in the wrong direction. It feels like I’m not even close. It’s in those moments where we look to stories like Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Rachel and we see that God works in those difficult times.

Let me just be honest with you guys for a minute. I can’t tell you how much these three men and women in the Bible mean to me. The more I read about them, the more I can relate. Several times in Scripture, God is referred to as “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” Most of these references are spoken towards the descendants of those men. Why do you think the author referenced God in that way? What’s his intent? What’s he suggesting? He’s telling his people to remember what God has done. He’s telling his people that not only has God provided, but He will provide again.  Sometimes I will begin my prayers by saying, “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” Why? Because we worship the same God. Those are our ancestors. When I say that, I’m saying “God you have done it before, I’m asking you to do it again.”

We have to remember that the Lord governs fertility. We put our trust in the promise that God will provide, regardless if we don’t understand how that looks right now. God is sovereign over our circumstances, and He works for His glory in the impossible.



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Who is God, Really?

What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Stronger: Infertility and Marriage 


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