June 24, 2022 will go down in the history books as the date when Roe v. Wade was finally overturned. After nearly 50 years and over 60 million children murdered before they had the chance to breathe oxygen, states can now decide whether to outlaw abortion or make it more accessible. While this is a remarkable change, there still will be lives lost due to the heart of man not completely outlawing it nationwide. Torah and scripture speak to life in the womb as a separate being, which means that the baby (not fetus!) is a living individual.
For You formed by inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb.Ps. 139:13
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you…Jer. 1:5a
Now that Roe v. Wade has been overturned, there may be many women who don’t know where to turn for their child or support for them. In some states, they do have the option to surrender their child while at the hospital. They could set up adoption for their child. They could even take responsibility for the child and raise it. However, what does Torah and scripture say in these matters? Does scripture provide any assistance for these individuals who are seeking help and alternatives? Could many (or even all?) of these 60 million deaths have been prevented had Torah observant/Christian individuals stepped up and advocated for biblical solutions to be enacted?
To lay a firm foundation to answer the above questions, we need to go back to the Garden of Eden in Genesis. There, we see that YHWH made man and He made woman from man. Before woman was created, man was given a mission to tend the garden and NOT eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When woman was made from man, man was to teach her the commands of Yah and her role/responsibility was to help the man complete the mission that YHWH made for him. She was also meant to help increase the man’s household by carrying his seed and growing the offspring, thereby helping to fulfill the command to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” This relationship between the Creator, man, and woman sets the stage and precedence for righteous ruling of the household. This is what, in today’s language, we call patriarchy.
Patriarchy comes from the Greek roots meaning “Male Chief” or “Head of Family.” Essentially, the male is the head and leader of the household. In the Scriptures, he is seen as the representative of the family before YHWH. We see the authority structure flow from YHWH to Messiah to man to woman below:
But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.1 Cor. 11:3
Numerous other texts in the Brit Hadashah (New Testament) and Torah corroborate with this patriarchal standard of living. This is how society functions and our culture should reflect what Torah has. Patriarchy is interwoven all through YHWH’s Torah, creation, and universe. You cannot escape it and trying to dismantle it is impossible. There will always be patriarchy. The question is, will it be good or evil patriarchy?
This is a very brief but important overview of the creation order and mandate. I say important because it is imperative that we align our culture, society, civilization, and nation to what the word of Yah says and not what America or current modern-day culture says. Mankind has always sought to rebel against or twist what our Creator instituted.
If we were to keep Torah and teach/recommend others do the same, abortion and LGBTQRSUVWXYZ relationships would be much less of an issue. However, since we minimize certain parts of the Torah or dismiss it with “that was for that time, we are different now,” this cherry-picking mentality leaves a wide door open for deception and creating false doctrines.
With that foundation being laid, does the Torah give any rules against and judgement for abortion? For many of the readers on this blog, it is common knowledge that abortion equals murder. However, Torah does provide instruction in the case of a premature delivery without any harm:
If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges decide. But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.Exodus 21:22-25 (NASB)
We see here that this is the case of an accidental harm of the child. However, the opposite would be true in that if there was intentional harm to a woman and her child, the Torah appoints a penalty of death. Thus, abortion is not to be taken lightly and should be considered as murder and dealt with appropriately according to Torah.
So how could these millions of abortions been prevented? If abortion is wrong, even in the case of rape or incest, how should it be handled? Look at Deuteronomy 22:28-29 (NASB) for some very critical information.
If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered, then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days.” (Emphasis added)Deu. 22:28-29
In this case, the man must not only make proper restitution to the girl’s father for violating her, but he must also accept responsibility for his actions and be a husband to her and cannot divorce her as long as he lives.
Men must accept responsibility for their actions. When a man has relations with a woman, he must bear those consequences and provide, protect, and act as a covering for her.
One other option that the Torah community should accept as a viable option (particularly while we are living in a pagan nation) for preventing the death of a young one is plural marriage. As previously written in numerous blog posts, it is not a sin to have multiple wives. If the pregnant woman has minimal to no means of provision (due to a potential variety of circumstances) and the man who helped make the baby is nowhere to be found, it should be the duty of a righteous Torah keeping man to help the woman. If the woman is willing to accept the husband as her covering and agrees to whatever terms the man has in place, then she can become a part of his family. She receives provision, protection and permanence as she and her young are grafted into Israel.
I won’t go through all the possible circumstances and “theories” that could happen that many would want to bring up to try and skirt around this viable option. One large issue is that a woman without a covering cannot represent herself before the Almighty, as written in other blog posts. 1 Corinthians 11:3 authority structure is only viable if there is a husband. A woman cannot say, “Messiah is my husband and covering, therefore, I don’t need a man.” Please show me in scripture where that is an option. A woman can return to the house of her father to place herself under his authority, but she is a free radical in the world of DNA if she chooses to remain outside of the covering and authority of man.
While this may be difficult for some to hear, this is the truth and it must not be suppressed, cancelled, or ignored because “it isn’t for our time” or “my wife won’t approve of that” or some other lame excuse. I will be addressing that second excuse in later posts as I plan on writing a couple book reviews that I have recently had the pleasure of either reading or listening to.
In the meantime, the above biblical options are viable solutions for moving forward with women who no longer have the option to get an abortion and to help save the lives of other children. These biblical options were also potential solutions to have prevented deaths in the past.
Marinate and continue to be a doer of the Torah of Yah and not a hearer only.
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