Focal passage: Exodus 1:16-17, 22-2:9
The point of our lesson this week is that life is a gift from God, and we are to protect and preserve it. In the first chapter of Exodus, Pharaoh commanded the Hebrew midwives to kill all boys during birth that were born from Jewish women (1:16).
Because the midwives feared God more than Pharaoh, they refused to follow his orders and many babies were spared. Ultimately, through these circumstances Moses was born, hidden in the Nile River and eventually became the vessel God would use to free Israel from their bondage in Egypt.
Could you imagine if Moses would have been killed by the Pharaoh’s plan? Certainly, God could have raised up another child, but the point is that every life is valuable, and we must protect each one.
God has a plan for each child, and to live in such a way that devalues any life, especially the unborn, elderly or handicapped is the greatest tragedy of any society.
Being the father of two sons, one with autism and the other with a severe learning disability, there is nothing more important to me outside of Christ than making sure they are treated with dignity and respect.
At the same time, I am trying not to spoil them so they can maximize their potential for Christ.
Some people may look at our situation and think of it as a hardship. Not me! I have received more joy and excitement from our experience together than words can adequately express.
That does not mean there are not challenges; it is just that the challenges are different.
My boys may not fit the normal pattern for most American kids, but what is most important to me is that one day they will stand before God and He will say, “Well done my good and faithful servants.”
Every person deserves an opportunity to honor God because every life is important. It does not matter if they are elderly, have a disability or are even unplanned. God has a plan for each of us; we should embrace it!