You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.
–Psalm 139:13

Our rebellion as a culture against God is seen in what we believe about the sanctity of life.

What does God say about the unborn? Psalm 139:13-14 describes how God views the unborn child. David said, “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” God is the one who forms every child in the womb.

One of the most fascinating stories that deals with the unborn is in Luke 1. The then-pregnant Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, met Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb” (v. 41). The word “baby” that describes the baby in Elisabeth’s womb in this verse is the Greek word “brephos.” This same Greek word is used elsewhere in the New Testament to describe an infant who has already been born. God views the baby in the womb as much of a human being as the baby outside of the womb. Both are creations of God.

If you want to know how Jesus views children, look at Mark 10:13-16: “They were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, ‘Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.’ … And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.” The parents sensed Jesus loved their children. History shows that Christians have guarded children, provided for children, and cared for children. This reveals two principles about how Christians should view children.

Principle number one: when we honor a child, we honor Jesus. Jesus said in Matthew 18:5, “Whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me.” That ought to profoundly affect our attitude about having children, whether naturally or through adoption. It ought to affect our attitude about the importance of the roles of mothers and fathers in society. It ought to affect how we react to the sacrifices required in caring for children.

Principle number two: when we harm a child, we will face unspeakable judgment. Jesus said in Matthew 18:6, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” God hates violence toward children, including children who are in the womb.

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Today’s devotion is excerpted from “The New Moral (Dis)Order” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2015.

Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.