How does God view the unborn children in His word?
Genesis 16:11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Isaiah 49:1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
Isaiah 49:5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him.
Psalms 139: 14-16
14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 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.”
God uses the same terminology as a human being. He doesn’t call him/her a blob of tissues as pro-abortionists would, but a he, she, child, babe, son, daughter. Obviously, God considers the unborn a person.
What do we find when we take a close look at the conception of our Lord Jesus Christ?
Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy one which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elizabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah;
40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elizabeth.
41 And it came to pass, that, when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
Leaping for joy is an emotion. Only humans have the emotion of joy. Obviously Christ is indicating here that: 1) The unborn John the Baptist is called, babe (Greek brephos, meaning an infant, young child), and 2) he leaped for joy, expressing a human emotion. In verse 43, Elizabeth speaks of Mary as the mother of my Lord already, meaning she carried her Lord within her.
Question: Was Christ always Christ in the womb, right from conception? Yes! Mary was most likely only 0-5 weeks pregnant at this time.
The next passage to be examined will be Judges 13:1-7. In essence we see that Marioah’s wife is told not to drink wine or strong drink because the child she was carrying in her womb was a Nazarite. The law applied to the unborn child in this case. Samson was a Nazarite in the womb!
Judges 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing:
5 For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistine.
7 But he said unto me, Behold, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, neither eat any unclean thing: for the child shall be a Nazarite to God from the womb to the day of his death. KJV
It is quite evident that God views children as people right from the very start.
Life and the Breath of Life.
Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood.
- Weeks 4 to 5 of gestation; week 6 – 7 of pregnancy
- Arm and leg buds become visible.
- The brain develops into five areas and some cranial nerves are visible.
- The eyes and ear structures begin to form.
- Tissue forms that develops into the vertebra and some other bones.
- The heart continues to develop and now beats at a regular rhythm. Rudimentary blood moves through the main vessels.
Where did Adam get his first oxygen? It was breathed into him by God. Where did all of us get our first oxygen? It was provided by God through our mother. Our life-giving oxygen was in her blood which was delivered to us via the placenta.
Scientists have also discovered that while fetuses breathe in the amniotic fluid, they exercise their lungs and absorb oxygen, but when the pregnant mother inhales smoke from a cigarette the fetus temporarily stops breathing. In one sense, the fetus receives the breath of life in the form of fluid while in the womb, and when born, it receives the breath of life in the form of air.
End of Part II
In Part III, we will discuss more about what God’s word says about the unborn, leading to our thoughts on the ressurection.