Rachel weeping

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I’m back, but it was a late night and I’ve nothing prepared, so mostly this will be one more of Jessica’s, but not a happy one. It is also a day after our churches celebrate the Slaughter of the Innocents. Some of those churches, it must be said, with their eyes tight closed to what they propose. But this is one thing most of us agree on, and so a bit from me, and also a bit from my friend Chalcedon at the Watchtower

Indeed, before the advent of Christianity, human life was generally held cheap. The death rate among new-borns was high, and there would have been few families at the time who did not have the experience of losing a baby, and even a mother, in child-birth. But the massacre of little children was something else – it was seen as barbarous, even in barbarous times. Quite what even barbarous times would make of the modern West’s habit of mass abortions, who can tell? To those without an ideological blindness to it, the practice is appalling, and it is no accident that the abortion industry does not want the details of what goes on inside its clinics more widely spread; few, surely, can read the detail without a feeling of nausea? But such is the state of our ‘civilization’ that now only the Catholic Church holds the line firmly here. The same faith which told the world that even the life of a slave was worth the same as that of an Emperor in the eyes of God, tells an unheeding world that the life of every child in the womb is valued in those same eyes. It holds to a high view of the worth of human life in a world where, increasingly, it is seen as having variable value. The unborn, the handicapped (yes, don’t use the word, but do defend aborting such babies whilst they are in the womb – never forget words are all that matter) and the elderly, especially the elderly who are unwell, all of these lives have a different value to those of the ordinary person of working age upon whom health services can spend a small fortune to keep alive and as fit as possible. All lives matter, but some matter far more than others.

Chalcedon is speaking of Britain, in the States, the Catholic church has some allies, parts of the Anglican and the Lutheran churches are allies, as are a fair number of evangelicals, why any Christian is not is well beyond my ken.

And here is Jessica:

Today is the day on which the Church remembers the massacre of the Innocents as recorded in Matthew 2:13-23.

Verse 15 refers to words of Hosea 11:1“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.” 
Just as Israel was preserved from destruction in Egypt, so God’s Son, the hope of Israel, is preserved from destruction; but just as the first-born of Egypt died, so now, do the first born of Israel.

Verses 17 and 18 refer to Jeremiah 31:15

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
Lamentation and bitter weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted for her children,
Because they are no more.”

Rachel, the wife of Jacob and thus the mother of Israel, is depicted by the prophet mourning over her descendants who have been slaughtered by the Babylonians. But if we take the whole of Jeremiah 30-33 we can see that either side of these lamentations there is the looking forward to the new Covenant, the new era which the coming of the Messiah will inaugurate.

St. Matthew, steeped as he was in the Jewish Scriptures, sees the parallel for us – that out of this destruction there will come a new life; Jesus is the fulfilment of the words of the prophets. At the end of the chapter there is a reference to Isaiah 11:1, where Jesus, the ‘Stem of Jesse’, the ‘Branch’, and also to Isaiah 6:13 where, after God had cut down the tree of Israel, a little stump was left from which a branch would grow.

Suffering, like the poor, is with us always, and in so far as we alleviate the suffering of the poor, we do it for and to Christ, because he is in every one of us, and we are in his image. Death is something which comes to us all, even if our society conspires to hide the fact. I never knew my mother, who died soon after I was born, and that is a sorrow, but it is one which is in the natural order of things, which is what makes the massacre of the Innocents the more shocking, because it runs against the natural order in two ways: the child dying before the parent, and adults killing rather than caring for children. What can comfort a mother for the loss of her child? And yet in our time, many mothers choose not to have their child, and society, so anxious to shield us from the reality of our own mortality, turns a blind eye and uses smooth words to condone infanticide. We should not, we cannot and must not, judge women who come to that place; we cannot know what drove them there, and everyone is different. But we can lament the slaughter, for that is what it is. If they truly knew what it was they did, then many would not do it.

We have moved from a society which accepted (because it had no choice) that infant mortality would be high, through one which sought to end that situation, to one where we routinely abort millions of children in the name of a spurious ‘right to choose’. I say spurious because no one asks the child in the womb, who gets no choice at all. So, on this feast of the massacre of the Holy innocents, let us pray for all those afflicted by this modern curse of abortion – including the women concerned.

And this, more than any other factor, is why those who would like us to call them pro-choice are not, they are part of a very ancient cult: the cult of death. They think it proper to slaughter babies, even before they are born, which to my mind at least makes them even worse than Herod, himself. Humans have a tendency to murder each other for very little reason, it took Christianity almost 2000 years to mostly end this practice, if not the desire, now we seem to be slipping back. And yes, voluntary euthanasia is simply more of the same horrible sauce.

But there are encouraging signs, abortion in the US is lower than at any time since 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade. That is something to give thanks for, for it is indeed a good start. But outlawing the practice is not really enough, the problem is that there are people that think such barbarity is acceptable. We are, can be, must be better than this.

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11 Responses to Rachel weeping

  1. Sadly now in Postmodernity, this is falling on deaf ears! The next “massacre” might be Jewish people in Europe, and then the European and world press against Israel itself? Yes, it will surely come as per the prophetic of Holy Scripture! And this is the UN hatred and desire! It is just amazing to see the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe and even the world today! The great question remains, where will be the fullness of Western Nations on this great issue? i.e. America and Britain

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    • We need to see that Russia will surely be out front in the northern and European powers against Israel, this will of course include Muslim nations and Islam! (Ezek. chap.38 & 39) As too Zechariah chap’s 12 thru 14! (Note Zech. 13: 8-9, and this will be a Gentile invasion under the Beast!) I am myself MOST convinced of this! And who knows, I might live long enough to see it (If I have another 10 to 13 years? The latter puts me at 80) We shall see eh! 😉

      *We really are seeing things we have never seen!

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    • Doubtless much which is now designedly somewhat obscure to us will be clear to those for whom it was written as the eschatological time approaches! (The generation that will see the fullness of the End! And even now we can see some of this image.)… Of course that’s the way I see it, but I am NOT alone!

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      • And btw, the Bible was written first to the Jews, those still chosen people and nation (Romans 3), and then only secondarily to us Gentiles. The Jews have the Covenant ground first and foremost, the OT to the New, and after only us Gentiles, (Eph. 2: 12). Biblical hermeneutics, a most important study!

        Yes, I will quit! But the onus is always on all of us, to read and know God’s Word!

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  2. the unit says:

    Yeah not a happy post. Somber one it is. But there is a looking forward as Jessica mentions. Not the lefts “Forward.”
    With the prospect of a new arrival in the Office of the President there have been threats of killing and assassination. Not of the young, as they are seeing to that every day with the abortions. And not threats, but actual.
    I guess we have a “Half-Way Covenant” for “deplorables” with the coming of a new era initiated by Trump on Inauguration Day 2017, along with exclamations of joy and of lamentations by some of the masses. Or something? Maybe a beginning forward?

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    • NEO says:

      Maybe. Interesting that my family, who mostly voted Obama (twice, no less) split almost down the middle this time, and nobody was particularly impressed with either candidate, all agreed it will be interestings! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        I had the same situation with most of my family, twice as well! I, although only one count as half by myself as far as to who counts for being worth something. I’m big like that. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Ah, well, I’ve been told I’m opinionated. Who would have guessed! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Of course, I am what I am. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          And I yam what I yam, as well, even if not Popeye! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Look out Bluto! New era arriving, we coming!

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