Some wonder what the Bible has to say about adoption. Let’s take a look today at God’s view of a family unit and His plan for children:
Adoption is legal (and Biblical)
Adoption was around during Biblical times as a legal option. Per the Lord’s Word, an adopted child became a legitimate heir to the father’s estate. They were treated as one ‘born into’ their new family!
We can see many examples of adoption in the Bible: Moses’ adoption by Pharaoh’s daughter, Esther’s adoption by her cousin Mordecai, and of course, Joseph’s acceptance of Jesus as his son. And, God adopted the entire tribe of Levi as His own. The Bible doesn’t indicate any difference between the roles and responsibilities an adopted child or biological one. In the eyes of God and the eyes of the law, adoptive families are ‘real’ families.
The facts of adoption
Children adopted into families are no different legally than a biological child. However, the relationships and similarities that form are usually nothing short of a miracle. “My adopted son couldn’t look more different from me: he’s very slender, over 6 feet tall, and quite fair. But we have so many things in common – similar habits, personalities, and laughs. When I look at my son, I know deep in my soul that God meant for us to be together,” shares Lifetime’s Founder & adoptive mom, Mardie Caldwell.
Spiritual importance of adoption
Romans 8:15–17, 23 and Galatians 4:4–7 tell us that all believers are children of God and they are heirs through adoption. So, each one of us is a part of God’s adoptive family. To describe His relationship with believers, God uses adoption as a beautiful metaphor. This allows us to call Him “Abba”, which is Aramaic for Daddy and expresses the closeness of children with their fathers. As Ephesians 1:5 puts it, “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.”
Adoption creates spiritual and legal families, which are completely real in the eyes of the law and the eyes of God.