0

Is Numbers 5:11-31 referring to God causing an abortion?


Numbers 5:11 - 31

ESV - 11 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying. 12 Speak to the people of Israel, If any man's wife goes astray and breaks faith with him.

Clarify Share Report Asked 9 days ago My picture Jack Gutknecht

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

3
Mini Shirley H Wife, mother, veteran in the spiritual war we all face!
No. This portion of scripture is about infidelity. In ancient days, a woman's purpose was to bear children. If she was barren, it was considered a curse. 

In a sense this law about an unfaithful wife ameliorated the harsh reality of a woman's life. A husband could put a wife away without any reason, only a suspicion! So, she had an opportunity to prove her innocence.

Verse 21, "Your thigh rot and your belly swell," speaks of the miscarriage (of an illegitimate child), if the woman was pregnant, and also the inability to conceive. 

The priest’s ritual was a way of limiting undue accusations. This was to show how serious infidelity was. 

It is interesting to note that in the Bible, infidelity is usually in reference to worshipping other gods. Also interesting is that man was created before woman.

This passage brings to mind the stories of these characters:
Abraham, Sarai, and Hagar; Jacob, Leah, and Rachel; and Kind David, Bathsheba, and Uriah!

7 days ago 2 responses Vote Up Share Report


Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
Header
  1. 4000 characters remaining