While going through the book of Jeremiah, I came across an interesting phrasing which accurately describes what a woman transforms into as a result of abortion. In other words, the way in which Jeremiah laments his being persecuted for prophesying against Israel (due to its utter lack of reverence for God), indirectly illustrates what a woman becomes when her womb is used as an execution chamber…
Jeremiah 20:14-18 (ESV)
“Cursed be the day
on which I was born!
The day when my mother bore me,
let it not be blessed!
Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,
“A son is born to you,”
making him very glad.
Let that man be like the cities
that the Lord overthrew without pity;
let him hear a cry in the morning
and an alarm at noon,
because he did not kill me in the womb;
so my mother would have been my grave,
and her womb forever great.
Why did I come out from the womb
to see toil and sorrow,
and spend my days in shame?”
Did you catch it?
Jeremiah, like Job (see Job chapters 3 and 10), uses graphic imagery involving parturition in order to express the emotion felt in response to suffering. Here, Jeremiah says that a better alternative to his predicament would have been that…
…my mother would have been my grave, and her womb forever great.
As soon as I came to this verse, I could not help but to think that this is exactly what a woman’s body becomes when her child is aborted… a grave. This is the reality of abortion. There is no way around it. Yes, it is quite demeaning to refer to a mother as a “grave,” I agree. But, what is much worse is when a mother actualizes the choice to become one.
Even though Jeremiah is not at all addressing abortion, the description he uses in his expression of sorrow precisely depicts what the abortion mother morphs into as a result of it.
But, there is hope…
Just prior to his lament, Jeremiah proclaims a principle which we (Christians) must remind ourselves about, despite the sufferings that God has ordained for us to face. It is a principle that we must continually repeat to both ourselves, and to each other, in the midst of adversity. However, we must also proclaim this notion to those who have made this horrific choice to abort their child, and to also proclaim it those who are currently considering to make this same horrific choice, with the hope of helping them to know that God is gracious to those who both repent and also trust in Christ. We must show them that Christ is the demarcation line between those whom “eternal dishonor will never be forgotten,” and those whom He delivers who sing praises to Him…
Jeremiah 20:11-13 (ESV)
“But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble;
they will not overcome me.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous,
who sees the heart and the mind,
let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you have I committed my cause.
Sing to the Lord;
praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.”
Godspeed, to the brethren!
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