The climax of creation was Day 6 (Genesis 1:26). It was on this day that man was created.
God did not “wake up” one day and find Himself lonely and decided to create man so that He would have someone to tell stories to or go on walks with. God created man for an initial purpose: to glorify Himself – “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Isaiah 43:7).
Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:11-12 – “In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.” This means life was created to glorify its Creator.
We should never forget or grow apathetic to the truth that it is God who gives life. And man has a uniqueness to his creation that no other created thing or creature has. Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:28). The Hebrew word for “image” means “carving.” Each of us are shaped after God in some way.
- We are likened to God in personhood. This means that, like God, we can have fellowship, commune with others, speak out in conversation or to others, etc.
- We are likened to God in the communicable attributes. Theologians have divided God’s God into 2 categories: incommunicable (those attributes that belong to God alone – omnipotent, perfectly righteous, eternal, etc.) and communicable (those attributes that both man and God can share). Thus, God is loving – so can we be. God is faithful – so can we be. God is just – so can we be.
- We are likened to God in reasoning ability and consciousness. Because animals do not have a soul and are not self-aware, and God is, we too have this special thinking capacity and awareness of self.
- We are likened to God in authority and dominion. While we aren’t sovereign like God, He does designate us to rule over the earth.
God made us His image-bearers. Life is God’s to give and God’s to take away. It is never man’s “choice.” God has the privilege of giving life and it is only His to give.
In the womb, God gives or breathes in life. David says in Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.” David indicates that life is – at the very least – present at conception. Later David says, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).
To take a baby from the womb is to steal life. It is plain and simply…murder. Jeremiah adds that God even knows us before conception (Jeremiah 1:5).
Life is valuable, not because we say it is so, but because God created it. Life is sacred because it comes from One who is sacred. And that is one of the reasons it should not surprise us that one of the 10 Commandments is a forbidding of murder (Exodus 20:13). Chuck Swindoll writes,
“It is God’s way of saying, ‘Life is so important no one has the right to murder it. Don’t end it. Let it live. Because all humanity represents my handiwork; it is Mine to do with as I please. My image is, in mysterious ways, stamped into human life’.” (Sanctity of Life, pg. 17)
On this day, which has been designated National Sanctity of Human Life Day, thank the Lord for His gift of life. Ask Him to continue to preserve life. Pray that God would convict those who steal life. Proclaim the Gospel to those who are thinking about stealing life from those precious children in their wombs.