Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | June 29, 2022

Shiphrah & Puah Cheer

(4 Minute Read. 29Jun2022)

Are Shiphrah and Puah absolutely ecstatic? Have they been celebrating?

I think it is quite likely!

Do you know who Shiphrah and Puah are? Do you wonder why they would be ecstatic today?

Shiphrah and Puah are the Hebrew midwives of around 1500 BC who defied the order of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, to kill Hebrew male babies as they were born.
Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.” But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?” The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.” So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them.
(Exodus 1:15-21)

Shiphrah and Puah boldly stood against an evil order to kill newborn babies. They feared God over the king of Egypt. As a result God blessed them.

Scripture refers to a great cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) watching our faith journey, so I think it is likely that Shiphrah and Puah witnessed and rejoiced over last Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that there is no right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution.

Supreme Court Justices (June 2022)
Roberts, Thomas, Breyer, Alito
Sotomayor, Kagan, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Barrett

The Supreme Court Decision

The Supreme Court upheld a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy with a 6-3 vote. It ruled 5-4 that the U.S. Constitution does not include a right to abortion and that abortion is an issue belonging to the states.

The 5-4 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson reversed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that invented a right to abortion in the U.S. Constitution. The June 24, 2022, ruling also overturned the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision in which the Supreme Court reaffirmed that women have the right to choose an abortion before viability outside the womb. These decisions have resulted in the deaths of well over 60 million unborn children since 1973.

Justice Samuel Alito prepared the majority opinion for the court. In it he wrote,
“The Constitution does not confer a right to abortion; Roe and Casey are overruled; and the authority to regulate abortion is returned to the people and their elected representatives.” (my emphasis)

In a concurring opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “There is no constitutional right to abortion.” Justices Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett agreed with Alito and Thomas.

Justices Alito and Thomas are absolutely right. There is no right to abortion in the Constitution. Nobody has the right to choose to kill babies! Killing babies is what abortion is all about.

The pro-abortion crowd always frames the issue as a healthcare issue. But it is not about healthcare. It is about killing unborn babies. It has nothing to do with the health of the mother, and certainly not with the health of the baby. Abortion supporters never face the profound moral questions of when, why, and how is it right to take an innocent human life. Abortion should be illegal throughout the nation.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. (Amos 5:24)

According to a recent report from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, 930,000 (nearly one million) unborn babies were murdered in 2020. For one in five pregnancies in 2020, the baby was killed. That is horrific wickedness.

Every child is a special direct creation of the Lord (Psalm 127:3). He is our Supreme Sovereign, and when He gives life, it must be received as a precious gift. The proper response to pregnancy is grateful rejoicing, not murder. The difficulties of carrying and raising a child are concerns a woman entrusts to the Great Creator, along with every other challenge in her life.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
(Isaiah 40:11 KJV)

What Would Jesus Think?

Jesus also cared about women and their needs. In contrast to the dismissive culture of His day, Jesus showed great compassion to women in a variety of excruciating situations (John 4:7-26; John 8:10–11; Luke 7:44-50; Luke 8:47-48; Luke 13:12-16). In order to compassionately support pregnancy in Jesus’ name, Christians run 2,700 pro-life pregnancy resource centers across the nation to provide mothers and fathers with practical needs such as infant supplies and maternity clothes, plus in-depth counseling and training, all at no cost.

Though a woman may feel desperate, access to abortion does not actually benefit her life. Many studies show a variety of negative physical effects of abortion from increased breast cancer risk to cervical damage, not to mention the lifelong psychological and emotional devastation abortion wreaks on a woman from killing her child. Terminating even a crisis pregnancy is not in a woman’s own best interest.

What would Jesus think about the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson decision? I think He would cheer it, just as Shiphrah and Puah would, for Jesus loved children. We have an example of how He responded when people wanted to restrict children from Him. When His disciples rebuked people for bringing children to Jesus, He was very displeased and instead welcomed and blessed the children. Likewise, I think He would welcome newborns and thereby implicitly reject killing them in the womb.
And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them. (Mark 10:13–16)

The governor of my own state of Michigan said she would “fight like hell” to protect abortion rights. This is wrong. The abortionist’s ruthless, relentless killing of unborn human babies is evil. It violates the innate “image of God” in every human that is the basis of the sacredness of human life (Genesis 9:6).
(CBS News, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vows to “fight like hell”, June 24, 2022)

If those of us who have worked in the pro-life cause for decades are rejoicing, think how today’s unborn babies would rejoice if they could know of the Supreme Court’s ruling. They might leap for joy, just as the unborn John the Baptist leaped for joy in Elizabeth’s womb when he heard Mary greet his mother (Luke 1:39-44).

Questions to Ponder

1. How can you follow Jesus’ example of compassion to hurting women?
2. How would you answer an angry woman who says no one else can control her body??

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday June 29, 2022 A.D.

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

(Psalm 139:13-16)

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