God’s heart for orphans and adoption is clearly displayed throughout the Old and New Testaments. Woven throughout Scripture, the theme of adoption serves to not only strengthen our faith but to also encourage us as we press into the needs of orphans around the world. Below are some beautiful stories of adoption from the Bible:
The book of Exodus contains a story (Exodus 1:15-22) of a Hebrew woman, Jochebed, who had a son at a time when Pharaoh ordered all Hebrew male infants be put to death. Instead, Jochebed found a basket, waterproofed it, placed her son inside, and gently sent him down the river. Not long after, one of Pharaoh’s daughters caught sight of the basket and retrieved the young boy. She eventually adopted him into the royal family and named him Moses (Exodus 2:1-10) — the same Moses who grew to be an important leader, prophet, and faithful servant of God!
In the Book of Esther, a girl named Esther became an orphan following her parents’ death. Fortunately, Esther was adopted by her cousin, and later she even became a queen. Today, we can read how God worked through Esther to bring deliverance to the Jewish people!
In the New Testament, Jesus was conceived through the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18), and was adopted by His mother’s husband. Joseph took Jesus as his own child, and along with Mary, raised a Son who changed the course of history.
In addition to a physical adoption, the Bible also speaks about adoption in a spiritual sense. As Romans 8:15 so beautifully states, “The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” God says we become part of His family in much the same way a family welcomes a new child — it is done out of love. As God adopts those who receive Christ into His spiritual family, it is Show Hope’s mission to continually see more and more children also adopted into their forever families.
This August, Show Hope is celebrating Adoption Aid month! Right now, there are children around the world who are waiting for their forever family. With your help, we can fully fund TEN adoption grants to help bring TEN children home to their families. Will you join us?