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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

When Life Begins (Lev 17)

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

One of the hardest things about going through the Bible book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse is you can’t skip the hard stuff.


There are subjects that are controversial in our world today that would be easier to just skip over and ignore. But I don’t feel like God is telling me to skip over them.


Many years ago, when my husband and I were young Christians, we leaned more pro choice than pro life. There were 3 main reasons for that.


1) Who were we to tell others what to do. In fact, we still don’t think we have the right to tell others what to do or believe.


2) Although I had given my life to Jesus, I had not studied the Bible and had no clue when God said life began. We were going to church, but had never been taught about that in church.


3) I assumed “abortion” was taking place before there was life, before there was actually a baby who would feel pain.


But I’ll never forget two brave pastors who changed our understanding forever by simply teaching us what the Bible says about when life begins. We heard those two different pastors preach those sermons 20+ years ago and I can still remember what they said, their voices as they said it and how I felt as I walked out with tears in my eyes both times.


What I learned from them that I will never forget is:


1) God says life begins when there is blood: Leviticus 17:14 “For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life”


2) God defines “bloodshed” as the shedding of innocent blood; ending an innocent life: Deuteronomy 19:10 “innocent blood will not be shed, and you will not become guilty of bloodshed”


3) Science says blood starts circulating in a human embryo 21 days after conception, before pregnancy is even detected.


This means all abortions by God’s definition is bloodshed, the shedding of innocent life.


After that, I researched abortion and was horrified by what I learned. To be honest, I was happier not knowing. But I also realize many people don’t know and are being told something different. In fact, I have friends who have gone through it and were told something different.


But that understanding changed a lot for me. That meant I had to make a choice. I had to either not say I was a follower of Jesus or I had to follow His Word. I am so far from ever being perfect. But my desire is to follow Jesus and obey His Word.


For me that means 3 things on this subject:


1) As God prompts me, I will share what God says in His Word about when life begins and the shedding of innocent blood.


2) I will pray for our nation to want to follow God’s definition of when life begins and ends.


3) It will be a tremendous priority to me to support those who support God’s definition of life.


Dear Lord, Thank you for using those two pastors to teach us truth in those two sermons, 20+ years ago. Lord, thank you that no matter what our sin is, no matter what we’ve done, Jesus’ death on the cross is enough to cover that sin and pay for it in full if we just choose to repent of it and ask You for forgiveness.


Lord, thank you for forgiving us when we didn’t know the truth. Thank you for revealing truth to us. Lord, show us how to go out and share truth with love and grace to those who are seeking You, searching for truth and want to obey You. Amen.


Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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