TODAYS BIBLE READING:
Exodus 1:1-2:25; 1 Chronicles 6:1-3 Exodus 3:1-4:17
Reading Time: 15-20 Minutes
BREAD CRUMBS COMMENTARY FOR TODAYS READING
with Pastor Jed Robyn (7-minutes)
FEB 1, 2023
DAY 32 IN THE APP
THIS WEEKS MEMORY VERSE
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” ~Isaiah 55:8-9
A FEW THOUGHTS...
There are so many similarities to the actions of Pharoah and the current abortion movement. To pull away from the rhetoric surrounding the abortion debate, we need to understand its history. Throughout its history, the underlying, untold emphasis has been to decrease the "unfit" or less desirable members of society while increasing the proportion of the "fit" or desirable members of society. This mission has been carefully concealed by politicians and the media so that many who argue on behalf of it don't realize its evil roots. Margaret Sanger the mother of the abortion movement and co-founder of Planned Parenthood was opposed to any form of charity since it would allow the less fit to survive. She preferred decreasing the unfit rather than increasing the fit since the latter would damage her feminist model of affluent women and careers. Just to highlight a few of her quotes: "We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population.", "The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.", "I think the greatest sin in the world is bringing children into the world, that have disease from their parents...delinquents, prisoners , all sorts of things just marked when they're born." She was racist, and anti-Semitic (talked at KKK rallies, even was sent a letter of praise from the Nazi party on behalf of her efforts and rhetoric) and considered anyone unfit who did not fit her model of fit, including income level, mental I.Q., etc. She often called the unfit, human weeds. This is only a small window of the history behind abortion.
Pharoah feared the large population of Israel within its midst. His first attempt at attacking this was persecution by hard forced slave labor. As is often the case persecution often fails. We read in Exodus 1:11-12, "Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens...But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew...". The same was said of the churches of Smyrna and Philadelphia in the book of Revelation as well as we see playing out in the persecuted churches in China, Africa, and the Middle East. Pharoah' second attempt was similar to abortion, performed just after the birth of a male child (Exodus 1:15-16). We read the response of the midwives ordered to oversee this project in 1:17, "But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the King of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive." As a result, in 1:20-21, God blessed the midwives. Jesus said in Matthew 10:28, "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." Pharoah then caring nothing of concealment came up with his third plan in 1:22, "Every son who is born you shall cast into the river, and every daughter you shall save alive."
Pharoah acted because he feared the unknown. He didn't know if the people of Israel would become a threat or burden to them. If you look at why women choose to abort it follows a similar logic. Having an unplanned child might bring unknown consequences. Women fear loss of career, loss of not being able to finish school, financial hardship, loss of autonomy, difficulty in finding a future spouse, etc. People are now immune to this and actually parade it as a right worth fighting for, for all women. Lastly, even when the concealment is gone like the case was with Pharoah in his third attempt, no one seems bothered now that it is out in the open. Even when videotapes revealed the horrible conversations surrounding the selling of body parts from Planned Parenthood along with eyewitness accounts of what actually transpires in those centers at all levels, society is not bothered. History is circular. It is so easy to shake our heads at the past without realizing we are still playing the same thing out now just presented a little differently.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"The answer to our dilemma is not a new revelation from heaven. The answer is seeking the old paths and digging out the old wells which superior knowledge, human pride and flat disobedience have stopped up." - Leonard Ranvenhill