Dear Christian Women & Men,
On Friday, I started a series on the spiritual consequences of abortion. You may want to go back to “The ‘Perfect’ Abortion” and “Abortion in the Bible?” in which you’ll learn the story of David, Bathsheba, and Uriah.
Let’s continue to learn about why David chose to kill Uriah rather send Bathsheba away for an abortion.
Today in the United States, you might expect a rich man to offer his mistress money for an abortion or even pressure her into having an abortion.
But that’s not what David does. David could have sent Bathsheba to another nation to have the baby killed in utero using potions or to give birth and then have the boy sacrificed to Baal.
But David didn’t do that. Why not? Because the Hebrews valued babies.
The Hebrews valued their family lines—their genealogies and their offspring. You have probably encountered lists of family genealogies in the Bible and rolled your eyes at trying to pronounce all those ancient names! Family lines of:
- Adam (Genesis 5)
- Cain (Genesis 4:16-22)
- Noah (Genesis 10)
- Shem (Genesis 11:10-32)
- Ishmael (Genesis 25:12-15)
- Isaac (Genesis 25:19-20)
- Jacob/Israel (Genesis 35:22-26)
- Esau (Genesis 36:9-43)
- Joseph (Genesis 41:50-52)
- Jacob’s grandchildren (Genesis 46:8-27)
- census by tribe of genealogical record (Numbers 1:5-43)
- Samuel (1 Samuel 1:1-2)
- David (Ruth 4:18-21)
We’re only at the ninth book out of 66, and we haven’t even gotten to Jesus’ genealogy through Joseph (Matthew 1:1-17) or through Mary (Luke 3:23-38).
But the reason the genealogies are listed is because families and family lines are important to God. The Hebrews knew that. Therefore, preserving their own family line was important to them.
We also know that Hebrews valued children by how women reacted to not being able to have children:
- Sarah/Sarai (Genesis 16:1-2)
- Abimelech’s wife and female maids (Genesis 20:17-18)
- Rebekah (Genesis 25:21)
- Rachel (Genesis 30:1)
- Samson’s mother (Judges 13:2-3)
- Hannah (1 Samuel 1:2)
- Michal (2 Samuel 6:23)
- the Shunammite Woman (2 Kings 4:14-17)
- New Testament Jew Elizabeth (Luke 1:7)
So when people say to you, “The Bible doesn’t talk about abortion.” You could respond by saying, “That’s because the Hebrews valued children.”
Join me again tomorrow to learn what David did after he had Uriah killed.