“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 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.”
One of the most famous and beautiful passages in the Bible, concerning unborn children, is found in Psalm 139.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. (Psalm 139:13-16)
God formed the “inward parts” or internal organs. He formed the “covering” or skin. And He formed the “frame” – the bones. None of these developments was hidden from God. They were all put together by Him for His glory. These verses tell us that the days were already formed for him before the baby had seen any of them. Therefore, this Scripture is telling us that the baby inside his mother’s womb is human.
Previously, in a Creation Moment, we talked about the baby being human because of the way he was put together. Psalm 139 has expressed that same thought in a song of worship. We worship God for the physical life He has given us and for the spiritual life that He has created. Evidence today suggests that unborn babies react to external stimuli such as light and sound; further confirmation of their unique life apart from the mother.
Ref: Taylor, P.F. (2010), Abortion: Is It Really a Mattter of Life and Death? In The New Answers Book 3, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), pp. 119-128. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.