Today I was having lunch with my doctor and friend, Rosemay Latortue, M.D. We were talking about a bunch of topics like we always do and the conversation came around to the AIDS epidemic in Africa and then I posed this question to her. I said, "Rosemay, I have never understood how babies whose mothers are infected with AIDS are not automatically born with AIDS." And then she told me the most amazing thing. She said a mother's blood and baby's blood never mixes! (Unless something goes wrong, something ruptures, etc.) Okay, so I am 40 years old, I've had 3 kids, I consider myself a relatively intelligent person (but as Cathy said VERY naive at times) and I never knew this!!! I assumed all this time that blood passed through the umbilical cord. Well, it does but it is separated by a membrane, keeping the Mom and Baby's blood separate at all times.
So, she says, "Deanna, that is something else that is so incredible about the virgin birth! God prepared all of this so that Jesus' blood would not mix with Mary's.
Okay, so how did I never even think of this before? So we sat there and discussed the miraculous ramifications of this and I was just in awe of the way God prepared woman for this. Then I came home and studied it more on the internet. Look what I found on one site:
" It is an established physiological fact that the mother's blood is neither the source nor supply of the blood in the unborn infant's veins. It is the contribution of the male which leads to the development of the blood. Without that vital contribution no blood could be produced because the female of herself does not produce the elements essential for the production of this new blood. Gray's Anatomy, a recognised medical authority, states: "The fetal and maternal blood currents do not intermingle, being separated from each other by the delicate walls of the villi."Woman was so constructed that in the production of her child none of her blood would enter the veins of her offspring.
This brings us back to Genesis and there we read: "And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man." --Genesis 2:21-22.
The word used in verse 22 for the making of the woman is literally "builded." God builded, or constructed, woman and she was constructed in such a manner that when she was producing a child, that child's blood would be a new creation and not formed by the mother's bloodstream. Why did God so build, or construct, the woman? Simply because He was anticipating the Virgin Birth and making ready the woman for the great incarnation of God in human flesh.
Satan used the woman as the instrument to ruin the race, but God who is always ahead of the devil, forestalled him and had already constructed the woman so that she would be the instrument to produce the Redeemer of the race. If the woman had not been constructed in this manner and the production of blood in the unborn infant not so ordered, than Christ's blood would have been common with the whole race and valueless to redeem. The Virgin Birth of Christ, which took place with no male contribution which would originate the infant's blood in the usual way, but by a supernatural act of God thus originating supernatural blood, is absolutely essential to the work of redemption. By such a birth and by such a birth alone could blood be produced-- precious, incorruptible, supernatural and divine, to redeem the fallen sons of Adam's accursed race.
Wowee. So cool. You know, there is nothing to ever be afraid of when studying science and the Bible. It will always agree because of our magnificent God and the way He orchestrates things.