The Silence of the Lambs – Weekly Sermon – February 10, 2019

Sunday February 10, 2019

“The Silence of the Lambs”

Luke 1:39-44

 

There was a man by the name of Zechariah who vocationally was a Temple Priest, he was married to his wife Elizabeth.

She was barren beyond child bearing and rearing age, bust she especially wanted a child.  So, they prayed, and God answered.

One day Zechariah was visited by an angel who declared that Elizabeth would become pregnant and bear a Son and that he would be called John.

Zechariah just couldn’t believe it.  The Lord struck him dumb, unable to speak until this came to fruition.

After Zechariah temple work was completed, he went home, and Elizabeth conceived.

Six months past and Gabriel made another visit to another woman.  Not an older lady but barely a teenager. Her name was Mary, she was a virgin living in her parent’s home.  

Gabriel addressed her “Highly favored by the Lord and blessed her”.

Why? Because she was chosen to carry Christ, the Messiah, Jesus, Gods only son. 4

It would be a miracle because the Holy Spirit in a supernatural way would cause her to conceive.

She accepted this responsibility.

At some point not long after she went on about a week-long journey into the hills of Judea to pay a visit to her cousin Elizabeth. In verse 36 of Luke 1, Gabriel informed her that Elizabeth had also conceived in her old age and was six months along.

So, when Gabriel said that with God nothing was impossible, he meant it.

First a woman beyond child bearing years conceived and then a virgin girl conceived a child too

Both were miracles.

Why did she go to visit Elizabeth?

I believe there were a few reasons.

  1.  She needed to clear her head and get out of town for a while.
  2. She may have just needed to get advice and talk to someone else that she trusted.
  3. Verse 56 says she was there for three months, Elizabeth was 6 months along 6+3=9 months.  So, Mary may have also gone to help her cousin in the third trimester and helped with John’s birth.

When Mary got to Elizabeth’s she spoke and the first person to respond to Mary’s voice and presence was the unborn baby John.

So, John was born and six months later our Lord became flesh and dwelt among us.

In Luke 1, two-fold story of these two miraculous conceptions of John the Baptist and our Savior Jesus, Luke called these tow unborn individuals.

(Son) Verse 12, (Son) verse 31&32, (Babe) Verse 41&44, (Son) Verse 57.

Where would we be if these two men had not been given the chance to live?

John the Baptist – the Voice Crying in the Wilderness.

Jesus Christ – the Voice of God and Savior of our Souls.

There would have been no forerunner for a Savior, there would have been no reason if our Savior had not been born.

Gabriel said that their mothers would conceive, and they were called Babes.

I serve the God of life.  He creates a baby in a womb, he never endorses their destruction.

The killing and sacrifice of babes and lil ones of particular note were forbidden by the Lord.

Baal & Moloch were pagan gods of the Old Testament.  Moloch was a god of bronze whose outstretched hands and arms were heated red hot and children, babies would be placed upon them “Alive” and then rolled off into the fire pit below.

In Leviticus 20 the Lord told his people that anyone who sacrificed their children would be judged by him.

Sadly, not all obeyed.  In 1 Kings 11, Solomon involved himself in this pagan practice.

Others that did so were King Manasseh and Ahaz.

Our God is not a god of death.  However, he is a mast of both “Deut. 32:39 “It is I who bring tolerance both death and life.”

God held a zero policy for child sacrifice.  

Is that which conceived in a womb alive?  Does God consider it to be about themselves and God’s view point.

Let’s look a what a few biblical authors thought about themselves and God’s viewpoint.

Jeremiah 15 – “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

Psalm 139:13 – “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.”

Ecclesiastes 11:5 – “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.”

Psalm 22”9-10 – “But thou art he that took me out of the womb: thou didst make me hope when I was upon my mother’s breasts. 10 I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.”

Job 31:15 – “Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?”

Isaiah 49:1 – “Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The Lord hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.”

Paul in Galatians 1:15-16 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, 16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”

What do you think the set spirit inspired authors thought about God’s viewpoint of life inside the womb?

What if the voices of Paul, Isaiah, Job, David, Jeremiah amongst other’s had never been heard?  

I was told by someone several months ago that I had no business talking about a divisive issue such as abortion from the church pulpit.  A

If I don’t talk about life a conception, if I don’t speak for the unborn, then in military terms I am derelict of my call.,

As a Christian God and the child of Jehovah admonishes and condemns you and I to:  

Not kill the innocent and the righteous for God will not acquit the wicked.  Exodus 23

Rescue those who are being taken away to death, hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. Proverbs 24

Not shed innocent blood it is an abomination to him.  Proverbs 6

Speak up for those that cannot speak for themselves.  Proverbs 31

What is more innocent and unable to speak or defend themselves?  (and unborn child)

Their death is the shedding of innocent blood.  They are being taken away to their death they at the lambs whose voices are silent!

According to Christianheadline.com, January 2, 2019 report the leading cause of death in 2018 was ‘abortion.”  

The new site and data site “World meters” reported that 42 million abortions occurred worldwide in 2018.

Annually approximately 1 million abortions were performed yearly in America.

Who would these little babes, these little lambs have been?  What could they have been in this world? We will never know their voices, we but hear the death defying “Silence of the Lambs”.

In the past few weeks several have passed or entertained sweeping legislation in late term and even to one second before birth abortion.  The devil is in the details. New York, Vermont, and North Carolina have enacted or considered these.

I watch the Governors of New York champion the cause for taking of a human life.  I watched the Governor of North Carolina in my opinion, back an act of infanticide.

Abortion is a political battle for sure, but it is absolutely a Spiritual Battle.

Pastors were challenged during past weeks to speak up and speak for the unborn.  

We as Christian must not forget that for most woman who have this done experience physical and emotional wounds too.  I pray for them and pray that they will never do so again, that they will find forgiveness from the Creator.

I pray that abortionists and their staff will be convicted of what they are doing and come to God.  

I pray that those who are considering abortion that they will choose life.

In our area there are places such as “We Care Criss Pregnancy Center” that will assist helping women to understand the value of their baby’s life and that will also help those who have had an abortion to heal and find peace with God.

We serve the Go of Life, we must extend love and grace to those who have and support the taking of a baby life but cannot condone or accept anything other than the gift of life.  

The “Silence of the Lambs” is defining on earth, but those voices are not silenced in heaven, those little ones are with God singing his praises and basking in the eternal glory.

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