There are different types of Mothers, but today, in the Spirit of Mother’s Day and as we continue to celebrate Mother’s Month, I’ll be sharing 4 kinds of Mothers in the Bible…
WOMAN NUMBER 1: The Virtuous Woman
She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. Proverbs 31:15 NLT
Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: Proverbs 31:28 NLT
What can we say about the virtuous woman?
The Virtuous Woman was many things, and being a Mother was one of them.
At the end of the day, her children stood up and called her BLESSED.
I pray that we will not be found wanting in raising our kids and be able to meet their needs in Jesus name.
WOMAN NUMBER 2: Eunice
(Letter of Paul to Timothy)
I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you.
2 Timothy 1:5 NLT
Woman 2 was Eunice.
A Godly woman who raised her son to be one of the greatest pastors of all times: Timothy…
Even though her husband was a Grecian man who has no interest in Judaism (and most likely Christianity)
Eunice and her mother Lois raised Timothy to love God
Paul wrote of Timothy- that he had known God since he was a kid…
It is believed that 2 Timothy was Paul’s last letter…
And Paul still applauded Faith of Eunice.
It is my prayer that we will raise children who will be mighty in the Lord and do exploits for Jesus.
WOMAN NUMBER 3: Rebbecca
Genesis 25:21-23 NLT
Isaac pleaded with the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was unable to have children. The Lord answered Isaac’s prayer, and Rebekah became pregnant with twins. But the two children struggled with each other in her womb. So she went to ask the Lord about it. “Why is this happening to me?” she asked. And the Lord told her, “The sons in your womb will become two nations. From the very beginning, the two nations will be rivals. One nation will be stronger than the other; and your older son will serve your younger son.”
In this short paragraph, we saw a couple who inquired of God about their children and God revealed the future of their kids to them even while still in the womb
We saw Rebecca asked God some pertinent questions and God SPOKE TO HER
We learn 2 valuable lessons here:
As mothers, we need to take time to seek God’s face over the destinies of our Children…
Perhaps we are not doing enough in praying for our Children… but if we ask, God will answer
Would prayer could have turned that which was revealed? Just thinking aloud? I don’t know….
Which takes me to the second point….
What do we do if God reveals something about our children that we don’t particularly agree with?
Here, God spoke to Rachel that there were 2 Nations in her.
2 Nations means 2 greatness.
I pray all our children will be great in Jesus name
But God went ahead to tell her the younger will be greater and the older will serve the younger…
We see Rebecca’s reaction to the Word of God… Instead of supporting the children to both achieve their destinies, she tried to PLAY GOD
She picked the “greater one” and practically worshiped him, and raised him caused a nasty rivalry between them. Showing favoritism among children can promote bitterness.
May we NOT cause enmity /animosity among our Children in Jesus name
Decades later, Jacob too found himself in same position where God made him bless the younger son of his son Joseph as the older… Of course, naturally, his son Joseph revolted, but Jacob (now Israel) insisted!
He was once in that position, so he didn’t want to make the same mistake his mother did. And He submitted to the Will of God. And at the end of the day, both children were great.
Ephraim was great. Manasseh too was great. Just like both Esau and Jacob were great despite their parents trying to play God – an act that did more harm than good.
God is unquestionable really
Many Mothers fight for their older children when they see the younger is doing better..
They tell the younger – you cannot marry before your elder…
You cannot write the exam before your elder
You cannot go to a better school
Rather than let them grow and move at their own pace and achieve greatness in their own way.
I pray the Lord will give us wisdom.
WOMAN NUMBER 4: Rachael
Genesis 31:19 NLT
At the time they left, Laban was some distance away, shearing his sheep. Rachel stole her father’s household idols and took them with her.
Genesis 31:32, 34 NLT
But as for your gods, see if you can find them, and let the person who has taken them die! And if you find anything else that belongs to you, identify it before all these relatives of ours, and I will give it back!” But Jacob did not know that Rachel had stolen the household idols. But Rachel had taken the household idols and hidden them in her camel saddle, and now she was sitting on them. When Laban had thoroughly searched her tent without finding them,
The 4th Woman, briefly; is Rachael.
We all know the story of Rachael, and we often sympathize with her.
A love story that never happened…
A love story that ended in tragedy….
Her sister took the love of her life…
She battled with infertility…
And she eventually has her son Joseph, after 10 elder brothers…
And eventually… she died at childbirth – while having her second son…
And named her Ben-Oni which means “Son of PAIN” as she breathed her last…
No ways! Jacob quickly changed it to BENJAMIN which means “Son of My Right Hand”
So yeh, we live and sympathize with Rachael….
Until we read about her IDOLATRY
While Jacob was running away from his Father in Law Laban, Rachael stole the household gods!!!
When Laban chased Jacob to collect his idols back, they checked everywhere… but nothing…
Until they got to Rachael…
She had hidden all those idols in the “Trunk of Her Bentley” i.e. the Saddle of her her Camel
And then she lied
I’m thinking, it was possible that through the period of her difficulty, while her husband was busy with three other wives and 10 children,
It was possible that she found solace in her father’s idols…
When the going gets tough, what do we hold on to?
Do we look up to God – who can give us positive outlook to life – Son of My Right Hand??
Or do we look at empty Idols who lead us farther astray? Who make us only to see pain rather than blessing?
I pray we will learn to trust and Hold on to God as we journey through life In Jesus name…
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