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Summary: The ability to test for DNA has solved many murder mysteries. We all have DNA so what is it?

Your DNA

Psalm 139: 13-17

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb.

14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

I like to watch TV programs that deal with murder mysteries.

Recently I saw one about a teenaged girl

who was raped and murdered in Colorado.

The case went unsolved for 40 years.

However, the rapist had left his DNA on the murder victim.

Police submitted his DNA to the DNA Registry called Codis.

Unfortunately, they came up with no match.

So a detective submitted that DNA to ancestry.com

where a multitude of DNAs has been submitted

by people doing genealogy research.

She hoped to find someone in that registry with a similar DNA.

Well, she came up with a person whose DNA was similar

hoping that person had some relatives.

Sure enough, that person had 3 cousins.

They tracked down those 3 cousins

and eventually eliminated 2 as possible murderers.

The remaining cousin was living in Florida.

Police managed to get a sample of his DNA

from a glass he drank from in a bar.

The DNA from that man was a match.

Police arrested the man and brought him back to Colorado.

He eventually confessed

to raping and killing the girl 40 years ago.

DNA tests have helped solve many murder cases

DNA testing is also used to determine paternity.

DNA testing is the most accurate technology

to determine the parents of a person.

Did you know that your DNA

contains the DNA of your parents, grandparents,

great grandparents and great great grandparents?

An average person is estimated to contain

roughly 37.2 trillion human cells.

Within each cell is your DNA.

DNA, or deoxy ribo nucleic acid, is the genetic code

that plays a big part in defining who you are.

Every cell in your body contains a copy of your DNA.

It is a microscopic set of instructions that determine

what you look like and other personal traits.

Most of that code is the same from one person to the next,

but there are specific variations that make you unique.

DNA determines how we grow from infants to maturity.

It ultimately determines how we look and how we grow.

It determines what sex we are, what our hair and eye color is.

It determines our body type - are we skinny, average or larger.

Our DNA determines our likelihood of getting certain diseases,

like certain cancers, cystic fibrosis.

All of our DNA can be thought of as a blueprint for us.

When I think of the complexity of DNA

I am reminded of Psalm 139:14, ''I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

Point #1. God created us.

Many people believe in evolution.

However, the complexity of the human body

declares the presence of Intelligent Design.

It is the work of a Creator rather than evolution.

We are not a product of Evolution

Psalm 139:16: Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.

That verse has the words substance and unformed.

It says God took the substance and seen it closely

and shaped beautifully.

Let’s first think about the word “substance”

That refers to a ‘shapeless thing’.

It is a mass not yet unfolded into proper form.

Substance is translated from a Hebrew word

meaning anything folded up or undeveloped.

That would correspond to the embryo, or the fetus

where all the members of the body are as yet folded up,

or undeveloped.

Still in our mother’s womb as a fetus or embryo

we were seen by God

In God's mind His plan for your body was drawn.

All the parts of it described, and their form, places, and uses,

even when as yet not one of them was in actual being.

Then in due time they are all exactly formed and fashioned

according to the model of them in the mind of God.

Through the DNA in the cells

forming in your mother’s womb

you were being shaped by God.

Isaiah 29 16

16 Surely you have things turned around! Shall the potter be esteemed as the clay; For shall the thing made say of him who made it, "He did not make me"? Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, "He has no understanding"?

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