My fleshly side wants to say to this guy, “Go back and study your biology. If you wanted to kill the one responsible for your wife carrying a girl instead of a boy, you should have killed yourself!” If only he had produced a “Y” chromosome, he would have helped produce that coveted boy.
My “biblical side” however, reminds me that ultimately neither the man nor the woman determines the sex of a child. In fact, they don’t even make the ultimate call about producing a child at all. GOD DOES. He is the giver of life.
David articulated this well when he wrote, “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well (Psalm 139.14). God Himself had this to say about His creation of Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jeremiah 1.5).
So I wonder, would this Palestinian man really like to KILL GOD for creating a daughter and not a son? The article stated that the man was envious of his brother who has nine sons, while he only has three. Remarkably, envy was one of the motivational factors when God the Son was literally killed. Jesus “knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up” (Matt. 27.18).
As sickening and immoral as this man’s actions were in killing his wife, I was struck with the thought of how often I am “displeased” with God’s providence over my own life. Do we as believers in Christ accept all that comes from His hand with appreciation and awareness that He is in control and “does according to His will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth” (Dan. 4.35)? Lord, please teach me to understand and fully believe that You do all things well.
Oh, and by the way, praise God that within the community of believers, “there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus!” (Gal. 3.28).