Family Bible Study lesson for Jan. 20: Devalued to Valued
January 5 2002 by Lisa Horton , Exodus 1:15-17, 20-22; 2:1-10; Hebrews 11:23

Family Bible Study lesson for Jan. 20: Devalued to Valued | Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for Jan. 20: Devalued to Valued

By Lisa Horton Exodus 1:15-17, 20-22; 2:1-10; Hebrews 11:23 What makes a person valuable? A person is valuable simply by virtue of being a person. The Bible makes it clear that God values people and has a plan for our lives, even before we are born. Isaiah said that before he was born the Lord called him and mentioned his name (Is. 49:1). Jeremiah said that God knew him before He formed him in the womb, and set him apart as a prophet (Jer. 1:5).

God knew Moses and set him apart to deliver the children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. However, God needed courageous people who would act in faith to protect Moses' life.

Be Courageous (Exodus 1:15-17, 20-21) Pharaoh ordered the midwives to kill the Hebrew baby boys, but the midwives feared God more than they feared the king of Egypt, and therefore refused to obey his command. They chose to endanger their own lives rather than take the lives of babies.

Like Pharaoh, our culture devalues human life. Nearly 40 million innocent babies have been aborted in the United States since 1973. Psalm 106:37-38 says that God was angry with His people because they had "sacrificed their sons and their daughters" and had shed the "innocent blood" of their children.

In America, we have shed innocent blood by sacrificing millions of babies on the altar of abortion, to the god of our own convenience.

Christians must courageously confront society with the truth of God's word. Human life, at every stage, is valuable.

Act in Faith (Exodus 1:22-2:4; Hebrews 11:23) Unrelenting Pharaoh demanded all the people to kill the baby boys by throwing them into the Nile. But, Moses' parents refused to drown their son. Instead, they hid him for three months, and then placed him in a waterproof basket and floated him down the Nile. In faith, they gave their baby to God.

On June 6, 1987, my doctor advised me to abort my third baby when an ultrasound test revealed a large tumor. He said my pregnancy was a high risk for miscarriage, rupture, severe pain and other complications. Without hesitation I told him that I would not consider having an abortion.

By faith, I placed my life and the life of my baby in God's hands. There was no safer place to be. God gave me a perfect pregnancy and a beautiful, healthy baby boy.

Doubt sees the obstacles, Faith sees the way! Doubt sees the darkest night, Faith sees the day! Doubt dreads to take a step, Faith soars on high! Doubt questions, "Who Believes?" Faith answers, "I!"

Do What You Can (Exodus 2:5-10) God guided Moses' little basket downstream to the very spot where Pharaoh's daughter would find it. As she opened the basket and heard the baby crying, she had compassion on him. Disobeying her father's command, she took the child and raised him as her own. God used her to make a difference in Moses' life.

Fourteen years ago, I counseled an 18-year-old girl named Dana, who was determined to have an abortion. I said everything I could to convince Dana not to take her baby's life - all to no avail. My heart broke for the child she carried. I wanted to protect it. But I could not.

I wept as I realized there would be one less child finger-painting in the kindergarten class; one less little girl swinging on the playground; one less little boy kicking the soccer ball at recess; and one less graduate moving his tassel with the graduating class of 2006.

Although we may not be able to save every life that is threatened, we must be willing to do what we can to make a difference. Consider this story:

One day a man was walking along the beach and saw another man frantically picking up starfish and throwing them back into the ocean.

He called out to the man and said, "You may as well give up. The tide is going out and there are too many starfish. You won't be able to make a difference." Picking up another starfish and tossing it into the ocean, the man replied, "I made a difference for that one."

Are we making a difference? We must speak the truth in love, and respond in non-violent ways that are honoring to Christ. If we do not take a risk and speak out for the value of human life, then those who are unable to speak out for themselves will continue to pay the price for our silence!

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1/5/2002 12:00:00 AM by Lisa Horton , Exodus 1:15-17, 20-22; 2:1-10; Hebrews 11:23 | with 0 comments
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