January 23

Exodus 19-21, Psalm 23

This being the week that we celebrate the March for Life we should consider how God views the unborn. The world likes to describe the developing baby as a clump of tissue as opposed to what it truly is, which is a wonderful example of God’s marvelous creation. The world describes everything from the point of the mother who is in charge of her body and therefore has the right to maintain or abort the life within her. The world sees the mother as being responsible for the successful outcome of the pregnancy. When you actually study the true relationship, the truth is the baby actually directs the pregnancy, while the mother is the passive one. Just to mention a few examples: the growing conception provides the chemicals which enable implantation, products produced by the developing baby act on the mother’ ovary to maintain the hormonal environment required for its own survival, cell expression by the developing baby enables immunological acceptance of this completely genetically distinct being preventing the mother from rejecting it, the developing baby directs many of the maternal responses enabling the successful pregnancy, and is probably responsible for initiating the actual birth. These are just a few of the things that God in His Creation has placed under the control of the baby. Through this we realize that God defends the defenseless. While the World sees nothing wrong with the 58 million babies aborted in the United States since Roe v Wade, God sees it otherwise.

We read in Exodus 21:22-25, “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” Consider, this is God’s command for one who unintentionally causes the loss of life for the unborn or prematurely born. How do you believe God would consider those who do so intentionally. As Creator, God gets to decide what is life and when it begins. We, the created, do not have the right to pridefully and arrogantly overrule God’s definition to suit our own purposes. We read in Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” We read in Psalm 139:13-16, “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;…My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret,…Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Both Jeremiah and David wrote of their preborn existence. Being that God determines what life is, Exodus 20:13, “You shall not murder”, applies to the life of the unborn as it does for those walking on the earth.

Some reading these words may have had an abortion or participated in one. Like any other sin, just repent of this to Jesus and forgiveness and freedom are yours. God creates each life with a plan and a purpose. Just consider the loss to our nation those 58 million lives have meant. To understand the vastness of this number, this is more than the combined population of the 50 largest cities in the United States, including NYC and LA. What potential contributions might we never know because their lives were ended prematurely? People can frame and articulate the argument any way they like, but God has weighed in on this issue, and He loves the life He created and we have no right to take it.

Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley:

Aaron Salvato