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January 29 – Hands that Shed Innocent Blood

January 29, 2013

“…the LORD hates… hands that shed innocent blood…” – Proverbs 6:17

I was in a discussion today which prompted these thoughts.  Two wrongs do not make it right.  I’m speaking of extenuating circumstances around the issue of abortion.  As horrible as rape is, to abort the baby has proven many times over to add much worry and heartache to the mothers who chose this path.  This may not be true for all of them, but it certainly becomes an issue to any who have a conscience.  The baby is completely innocent and should not be punished for the evil acts of its father (or mother).  (There are rescue and adoption outlets, etc. to help if necessary).  But aside from the political aspects of the issue, Scripturally, how does God really feel about it?

Jeremiah 1:5 tells us that God knows us before He forms us in the womb.  We are uniquely formed to be our own person.  How could anyone discount that life as though it were nothing more than a blob of tissue?

Psalm 139:13-16 speaks of God’s active role in our creation and formation in the womb.  Choosing to end that life is to interfere with the work of God.

Exodus 21:22-25 prescribed the same penalty—death—for someone who causes the death of a baby in the womb as for someone who commits murder.  This clearly indicates that God considers a baby in the womb to be as human as a full-grown adult.

For the Christian, abortion is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose. It is a matter of the life or death of a human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1).

Never has there been a more innocent subject completely at the mercy of human hands.  God, have mercy on me for doing little to stop it.  May I pray for direction; may I be willing to stand up for them; may I be a voice for those who cannot be heard.

Their silent cry is heard in Heaven.  Surely the angels weep.

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