Motherhood in the Bible

Motherhood is a great honor, but it doesn’t always bring up great memories for everyone. Today is a day to appreciate and celebrate mother’s, but it requires an extra level of sensitivity.

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Throughout the Bible, you can find a variety of women who dealt with motherhood’s struggles. When you engage people with those stories, you’ll find many women(and men) who can relate. Moms can identify with them through their own struggles, and for those who need to be reconciled with parents or forgive mothers who have trespassed, it’s an opportunity for us to see challenges from another perspective.

Some examples of biblical women who understood the adversities of motherhood

Eve – the first mother who lost one child at the hands of another. One of her sons was killed by his brother.

Rebekah – Isaac’s wife who struggled with favoritism of her son Jacob over Esau.

Jochebed – A caring mother who had to give her son Moses up.

Rachel – could not bear children like her sister Leah.

Mary- Jesus’ mother. Her son was beaten and crucified on a cross in front of her and he died to save us.

These stories remind us all that even if relationships with mothers and children aren’t perfect, God is at work even in those tough situation.

Our great assurance is that God is at work redeeming our biggest mistakes and accidents – for both parents and children alike.

The Motherly Characteristics of God

The Bible talks frequently about the fatherhood of God, but scripture also describes God in ways consistent with motherhood.

Matthew 23:3
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!

Isaiah 49:15
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you.

Isaiah 66:13
As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Teaching Children

It is a huge responsibility that mothers (and fathers alike) teach their children about God and how to pray. This one of the most important things we can teach our children.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to honor our mothers and show our appreciation to her. It’s such a priority to God that he made it a part of of the 10 commandments.