The Mother of All: Eve
Eve was the first woman to ever give birth to a child, consequently becoming the first mother. She is the mother of all living people who have been and who will be.
Genesis 3:20 (NASB)
20 Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.
Eve had many children.
Genesis 5:4 (NASB)
4 Then the days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years, and he had other sons and daughters.
However, only three are mentioned by name in Scripture: Cain, Abel, and Seth. Cain murdered Abel, resulting in Eve also being the first mother to experience the loss of a child from death. In fact, she lost two as Cain went into exile. It was through Seth and his descendants that men began to call upon the name of the Lord.
Genesis 4:25-26 (NASB)
25 Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for, she said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.” 26 To Seth, to him also a son was born; and he called his name Enosh. Then men began to call upon the name of the Lord.
Since the time of Eve, it’s fallen to mothers to raise their
children for the Lord. Mothers
- Bring us into the world
- Nurture us
- Provide for us
- Raise us
- Teach us
- Discipline us
Mother’s have a remarkable ability to change the world through their children.
Heavenly Father, on this special day that has been set aside to remember our mothers, we pray that You exceedingly bless each mother as they have always been a blessing to us and others. Grant each one the joy and happiness that can only be found in You. As we reflect on mothers who make a difference, please help us to search our hearts and determine how we can make a difference for Your honor and glory. We pray in the name of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Mothers Who Make a Difference
The Protective Mother: Jochebed
Moses’ mother went to great risks to protect him. Recall that in an attempt to control the Hebrew nation, Pharaoh ordered all newborn boys be killed.
Exodus 1:15-16 (NASB)
15 Then the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other was named Puah; 16 and he said, “When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live.”
The midwives however, feared God more than they did Pharaoh.
Exodus 1:17-22 (NASB)
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded them, but let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt called for the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this thing, and let the boys live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.” 20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied, and became very mighty. 21 Because the midwives feared God, He established households for them. 22 Then Pharaoh commanded all his people, saying, “Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive.”
Moses mother hid him and cared for him three months before he was too big to conceal any longer.
Exodus 2:1-4 (NASB)
1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him.
She placed him afloat in the Nile and trusted God. Her trust was soon rewarded because not only was Moses spared, his mother was hired to be his nanny.
Exodus 2:7-10 (NASB)
7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go ahead.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, “Because I drew him out of the water.”
Mothers protect us in many ways:
- Physically, by keeping us from danger.
- Morally, by teaching us right from wrong.
- Emotionally, by keeping us from things they know will hurt us.
Mothers also protect our spirits and bring us up to love and serve the Lord.
The Supportive Mother: Hannah
Hannah prayed for a son for many years; yet, remained barren. Nonetheless, after years of faithful prayer and endurance, God rewarded her with a son.
1 Samuel 1:20-28 (NASB)
20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord.” 21 Then the man Elkanah went up with all his household to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and pay his vow. 22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “I will not go up until the child is weaned; then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord and stay there forever.” 23 Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you. Remain until you have weaned him; only may the Lord confirm His word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him. 24 Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord in Shiloh, although the child was young. 25 Then they slaughtered the bull, and brought the boy to Eli. 26 She said, “Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. 27 “For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. 28 “So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
Hannah had promised the Lord she would give her son back to Him and kept that promise. Samuel was taken to the Lord’s house when he was of appropriate age and he was left with the priests to become a servant of the Lord. Hannah continued to support him in the Lord’s work.
There are three things that we can learn from Hannah:
- God answers prayer concerning children.
- We should give our children to the Lord to use them as He sees fit.
- We should support our children in doing the Lord’s work.
The Instructive Mother: Eunice
Who’s Eunice?!? Well I’m not referring to the character on the old sitcom “Mama’s Family”. Eunice was a wonderful mother who changed the world through her children. She was the mother of someone I know you know… Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:1-5 (NASB)
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life in Christ Jesus, 2 To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.
Timothy was a close friend of the Apostle Paul and was one of his chief associates in all of his missionary journeys. Paul relied on Timothy in his ministry. Timothy first joins Paul on his journeys (Acts 16:1-3) after he visits a city called Lystra and we see him being a faithful friend even in Paul’s imprisonment in Rome (Colossians 1:1, Philippians 1:1, Philemon 1).
Timothy, along with his mother and grandmother, were Jewish believers who heard about Christ and accepted Him. The faith that was in Timothy was first in his Grandmother Lois and in his mother Eunice. They were an example of faith to him. They taught him the scripture.
Mothers and grandmothers… how much time do you spend talking to your children and grandchildren about the Scripture.
- They should first hear about God from you.
- Teach them the songs about Jesus.
- They should be singing about Jesus before they are singing about Barney.
- Teach them about Jesus.
- Get them into church.
- Share in their Sunday School lessons.
Anthony Campolo, The Power Delusion
Too many times women are made to feel that they should apologize for being mothers and housewives. In reality, such roles can be noble callings. When I was on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, there were gatherings from time to time to which faculty members brought their spouses. Inevitably, some woman lawyer or sociologist would confront my wife with the question, “And what is it that you do, my dear?”
My wife, who is one of the most brilliantly articulate individuals I know, had a great response: “I am socializing two homo sapiens in the dominant values of the Judeo-Christian tradition in order that they might be instruments for the transformation of the social order into the teleologically prescribed utopia inherent in the eschaton.” When she followed that with, “And what is it that you do?” the other person’s “A lawyer” just wasn’t that overpowering.
The Loyal Mother: Mary
John 19:25b (NASB)
25 … But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, …
There stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother. She was loyal to her Son till his death.
Mothers have this wonderful ability that no matter what children do, no matter what they go through, they are loyal to their children. Mom’s don’t give up. This of course does not mean that you condone or approve of their sin. Many of us have moms that could have given up on us; but instead, they hung in there and were loyal to us.
An affirmation from Joohn Killinger’s Lost in Wonder, Love, and Praise
I believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of the loving God, who was born of the promise to a virgin named Mary.
I believe in the love Mary gave her son, which caused her to follow him in his ministry and stand by his cross as he died.
I believe in the love of all mothers, and its importance in the lives of the children, they bear. It is stronger than steel, softer than down, and more resilient than a green sapling on the hillside. It closes wounds, melts disappointments, and enables the weakest child to stand tall and straight in the fields of adversity.
I believe that this love, even at its best, is only a shadow of the love of God, a dark reflection of all that we can expect of him, both in this life and the next.
And I believe that one of the most beautiful sights in the world is a mother who lets this greater love flow through her to her child, blessing the world with the tenderness of her touch and the tears of her joy.
To the moms who protected us, supported us, instructed us, and were loyal to us, we say THANK YOU!
To the young mothers we say:
- Protect your kids.
- Support them.
- Teach them in the Lord.
- Remain loyal to them.
Women of Strength
Strong women vs. women of strength:
- A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape;
a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape.
- A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything;
a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear.
- A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her;
a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone.
- A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future;
a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be God’s blessings and capitalizes on them.
- A strong woman walks sure footedly;
a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls.
- A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face;
a woman of strength wears grace.
- A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey;
a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.
Heavenly Father, thank You for mothers. Thank You for using them as instruments to show Your love, strength, and protection to us. Bless them as they have blessed us. We pray in the precious name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:
James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.
1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.
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John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
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1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
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Acts 3:19 (NASB)
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Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
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James 5:16 (NASB)
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