Today I want to show you arguments from Scripture against abortion. They are not primarily rooted in biology; for example, when is life viable. That's a good argument, but that's not the way we're going to approach it. Nor in sociology—the effect on society of abortion. That's a good argument, but that's not what we're going to talk about. I would like to root what we talk about today in theology—what we believe about God.
This is not a debate. I want to challenge you if you're on the fence on this subject. This isn't about my opinions versus some other good-thinking person's. I'm going to have you open your Bibles, and if you cannot see the logic of what I tell you as rooted in Scripture, then you don't need to listen to me. Then I speak as just another concerned citizen. I come to you with the Bible in my hand today, and I'm going to do my best to show you that a pro-life position is rooted in the way the Bible, and thus the mind of God, thinks about this subject. My goal is to show disciples of Jesus that abortion is incompatible with a biblical understanding of life.
We're going to look today at a few verses in Psalm 139. This is a psalm where David the psalmist is reflecting about how well God knows him and, in the end, that he wants to be known. It says in verse 1, "O LORD, you have searched me and you know me," and it ends in verses 23 and 24, "Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." This is a psalm about wanting to be known by God, saying to God, "I want you to know me and to tell me what you see."
In the stream of his thinking in this great psalm, he speaks for a while about how God knew him ...
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Lee Eclov recently retired after 40 years of local pastoral ministry and now focuses on ministry among pastors. He is the author of Feels Like Home: How Rediscovering the Church as Family Changes Everything and Pastoral Graces: Reflections on the Care of Souls (Moody Publishers), as well as being a frequent contributor to Preaching Today and CT Pastors. To learn more about his Pastors' Gatherings visit www.leeeclov.com.