How Important Is Human Life?


Exo 20:13  “Thou shalt not kill.”

Jer 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.”

Exo 21:22  “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.”

The debate continues today regarding the life of the unborn child.  Does the immediate fusion of the egg and the sperm represent a human being?  That was and still continues to be God’s plan for the population of the earth.  This is how He intended man to carry out His commandment of “be fruitful, multiply and replenish the earth”.

A punishment was levied on the person who accidentally caused a woman to lose her unborn child in the days of old.  The woman’s husband had a right to exact punishment upon the offending individual.  Similarly, God through His prophet Jeremiah tells us that even before we were formed in our mother’s belly, God already knew who and what we would be and He had a plan for our lives.  So the Sixth Commandment says, “Thou Shalt Not Kill”.  The command applies to the unborn as well.

Psa 139:16  “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Even before the baby is properly formed, God has already seen it, and has made note of it.  He knows every organ, every bone, every sinew.  This is a soul that will come into the world to do His will.  He has a mission for every unborn child.  We were created for His honour and glory.  We are His to do what He seems best. 

Isa 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.”

The prophet Isaiah tells us that he even knows our names before we come out of our mothers’ womb.  What a mighty God.  He is God.  He does not need to have us be born before He knows us, but He knows us even before we are formed.  His mission for every one of us is clear in His own mind.  We may seem unwanted, or unplanned for, but God makes no mistakes.  He knows the very moment of conception and He counts us as human beings from that very point.  Even before that, as we see in the scriptures above.

Let us be careful.  When God called Cain to answer for the whereabouts of his brother Abel, Cain feigned ignorance.  This is the reply God gave him.

Gen 4:9  “And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?

Gen 4:10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Gen 4:11  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;”

Similarly a curse is upon everyone who takes the life of an unborn child.  You see you are stopping the reproduction cycle.  You are going against His commandments. Your hands are too short to box with God.