3 parallels to abortion in Psalm 106
According to Psalm 106, the murder of children is driven by people’s devotion to an idolatrous, satanic system and worldview. The text says, “They served their idols. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons” (Ps 106:36, 37).
Is the psalmist describing abortion? No, but Israel’s sacrifice of children has obvious parallels to the modern practice of abortion.
They sacrificed their sons and daughters
First of all, they weren’t sacrificing bulls and goats. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters (Ps 106:37). The people placed their own biological children on altars, slit their tiny throats, and waited for the blood to drain from their bodies. Not only did they voluntarily commit countless murders of living people, but they killed those whom the Bible calls “a heritage from the LORD,” their own children (Ps 127:3).
But what does the world say? They claim the unborn child isn’t a child at all. The pro-abortionist argues a baby in the womb is not yet a person. I have to ask why.
Is it the child’s size? Does that mean a larger person is more of a human being than a smaller person?
Is it the child’s location? How does taking a five-inch trip down the birth canal turn a non-human into a human? Do I become more human by taking an extra step away from my mother?
Is it the child’s dependency on his mother that prevents him from being a real person? Aren’t all children dependent on their mothers for years and years? Aren’t the physically and mentally-disabled dependent on others? Are they less human?
Is it the child’s level of development? The most recent science says the human brain isn’t fully developed until a person is twenty-five. Should we excuse the murder of anyone who’s not old enough to rent a car?
Try as they might, pro-abortionists cannot avoid the fact that an unborn child is just as much of a human as anyone else. To say otherwise is to argue against science, not to mention logic. And most importantly, it argues against the word of God. In Psalm 139, David says, “Lord, you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps 139:13, 14). In Psalm 22, he says, “From my mother’s womb you have been my God” (Ps 22:10).
They poured out innocent blood
A second parallel to abortion exists in this text. “They poured out innocent blood” (Ps 106:38). The children are innocent in that they are free of blame. They’ve committed no crime worthy of death, yet someone has put them to death anyhow. It’s the equivalent of shooting a random person on the street. Abortion is the execution of a living person who does not deserve to die at the hand of another living person. God says, “You shall not murder” (Ex 20:13).
To be clear, the Bible explicitly defines an unborn child as a living person. According to God’s law in Exodus 21:
When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. (Exodus 21:22-25)
If this law were applied to a case of abortion, those responsible for killing an unborn child would have to, at the very least, swallow some deadly poison. If that doesn’t kill them, they should be violently sucked up by a vacuum. And if that doesn’t work, they’ll need to be torn apart, piece by piece.
I’m not trying to be graphic for the sake of sensationalism. I’m merely describing the legal process of abortion in this country by which millions of innocent children have been murdered. While people scream for women’s rights, they say nothing for the true victims. What about the unborn child’s life? What about justice for them? Should a woman’s so-called right to avoid the inconvenience of childbirth outweigh a baby’s right to live?
They sacrificed to the demons
The third parallel I see in this text to abortion is motive. “They served their idols. They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons” (Ps 106:36, 37).
What could motivate an otherwise rational person to think murdering an innocent unborn child is justifiable? I don’t think the reasons are substantially different than they were for those who sacrificed their children to Molech in the Old Testament.
People once sacrificed children to Molech because they believed he would protect them and their nation. It was a self-serving act. It’s not as though they were volunteering to sacrifice themselves. They were ensuring their own well-being by forcing their children to pay the price.
People sacrifice their children today for the same self-centered rationale. They don’t do it for the child’s sake, though that is often their claim. They do it for themselves. Ultimately, according to the psalmist, they do it in devotion to idols and demons (Ps 106:36, 37). Maybe the idol of a would-be mother is the convenience of not having a baby for whom to raise or put up for adoption. Maybe the idol is avoiding stretch marks or the pain of childbearing. Maybe it’s an unfounded assumption that the child would be better off dead than alive.
Regardless, abortion will always be an idolatrous, devilish act. Jesus told some of the Jewish leaders in his day, men who wanted him dead, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning” (Jn 8:44). Any person who has a mind to kill an innocent child possesses the mind of Satan himself. You can argue women’s rights all you want, but you are of your father the devil, who was a murderer from the beginning.
To be candid, I truly hope I’m stirring up some righteous indignation. I want us to hate abortion. I pray the thought of it makes us sick to our stomach. I pray you see the injustice of it. Just as Canaan once was, our land is polluted with blood, the blood of millions of murdered children (Ps 106:38). The United States of America has become unclean by its acts as the nation plays the whore in its deeds (Ps 106:39). In turn, the anger of the LORD is surely kindled against us (Ps 106:40).