And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob again to Him (Isaiah 49:5).
Seven hundred years before it happened, Jesus was prophetically spoken of as One who would be formed in a womb. Of course, as divine Son, He had existed from all eternity (John 1:1), but it was not until an appointed time in history that He started as fully humanin His mothers womb (Galatians 4:4). The Lord Jesus Christ, the author of all life, sanctified human life in a mothers womb by inhabiting one Himself for nine months. The angel said to Mary, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35).
Of course, human pre-natal life has been given a secular description. Evolutionists try to explain that human life before birth is tracing out its evolutionary history, but this is a sad delusion. Jesus was never a fish or a frog, and neither were any of us. It is lamentable that false notions are still foisted on school children in the name of the unscientific and long-disproved recapitulation theory.
Isaiah 49:17, taken as a whole, proclaims exhilarating news. As one of the servant passages (such as Isaiah 52:13 through 53:12), it sets forth Jesus (called Israel, an individualv.3) as the Savior of Israel (collectively, cf. v.6). It adds that He would also be a light to the Gentiles and the One who would bring salvation unto the end of the earth (Isaiah 49:6)!
He, the Creator, became a baby and lived for a while in a virgins womb, so that as a man He could go to a cross and reverse Adams fall. By His perfect obedience to the Father, He also offers human beings eternal life. May we celebrate life now and forever! PGH