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Bible Pathways 7/18/2001

July 18

Read Psalms 139 -- 143

Our Creator gave David the wisdom to write: O Lord, You have searched me, and known me. . . . and are acquainted with all my ways (from the time I was conceived unto this very day). . . . Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain to it (it is beyond my understanding). . . . You have possessed my reins (formed my inward spirit, heart): You have covered (fashioned) me in my mother's womb. I will praise You; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made (delicately formed and marvelously complex) . . . My substance (life) was not hid from You, when I was made (conceived) in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth (Psalms 139:1,3,6,13-15). God reveals that, at conception, David became a person, a living soul. Although, as an unborn infant, he was hidden from human view, as if buried in the earth, his body was no mystery to his Creator, who was skillfully preparing him for his God-ordained destiny on earth. Your eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect (139:16). God observed David's developing body in his mother's womb and David was recorded as a living person: In Your Book all my members (as a full-grown person) were written at the very day of conception. Notice that God saw David as a person, a fully-created being, on the day he was conceived. The entire process of life from conception onwards occurs through the creative power of God and not by accident or chance.

Deceivers wickedly say that an unborn baby is not a child, but mere tissue, in order to persuade young women to believe the lie and permit treacherous murderers to destroy their unborn children.

God led Isaiah the prophet to write: The Lord has called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother has He made mention of my name. . . . And now, says the Lord that formed me from the womb to be His servant . . . I will also give you for a light to the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:1-6). Note that Isaiah knew that the Lord had prepared him to be His prophet while he was being formed long before his birth.

God also revealed to Jeremiah: Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5).

If the mothers of David, Isaiah, or Jeremiah had aborted them, they would have murdered these great men of God. Human records would have just shown three more unnamed fetuses.

The Holy Spirit inspired the beloved physician Luke to write what the Angel Gabriel announced to the virgin Mary: Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His Name JESUS (Luke 1:31). Note that the Lord Jesus Christ was announced as a Person at conception. We can be grateful for the privilege of determining our own destiny because our mothers didn't destroy us by abortion. Jesus said, Suffer (Permit) little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 19:14).

Christ Revealed: As the One who delivers souls from prison (Psalms 142:7). Jesus said He had been sent to preach deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18).

Word Studies: 139:13 reins means heart and mind as the inner self; 139:15 curiously wrought means skillfully fashioned; 140:5 gins means snares; 141:7 Our bones are scattered means overwhelming destruction is contemplated; 143:3 smitten means crushed.


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Optional Reading: II Timothy 3

Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 119:162,167

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