Bible Ballistics: Happy Mother’s Day!! May 11, 2013 Vol. 4 No.01
A Happy Mother’s Day to you moms, and a word of encouragement to the rest of you to make sure you’ve connected with your mom today if you are graced to still have her with you. I thought we’d look at some mothers of the Bible, and see what we can learn about motherhood and not only what it involves but also what it looks like when ‘fleshed’ out.
Let’s begin with the first mother, Eve. Genesis 2:18, 22-24, tells us what God had to say about wives (and subsequently mothers),
“18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him……..22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (help meet infers companionship)
God created woman to be a companion to the man, because ‘It is not good that the man….be alone”. Companionship is defined as ‘a feeling of fellowship or friendship’. God wanted man to not be alone, to have a companion for fellowship and friendship. Woman was created to be a completer to the man as they shared in the creation that God had given them rule over. We have allowed our culture to make men and women ‘competers’ rather than ‘completers’, to always be competing with one another instead of each spouse helping the other be all that God created them to be. God also brought the woman to the man, women will find much more satisfaction in their relationships if they would fulfill the role of the pursued not the pursuer. Not popular but grounded in scripture. And I think experience proves it true also.
Jesus himself speaks on this issue for us in Matthew 19:4-6, “4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
God made them at the beginning,
male and female—
one woman for one man.
God said marriage was the beginning of a new home,
and the man was to leave and cleave—to his wife.
They would become one flesh—
only works with a man and a woman—
one man and one woman. (Think about it??)
The story of Hannah begins in 1 Samuel 1, and because of the length of the story, we’ll just focus on some specific things that we learn about this woman, wife and mother. First of all she was in a less than desirable situation, she was one of two wives (not God’s ideal but she responded in a godly way to that which was not ideal), although Hannah was apparently the favorite wife she was barren and had no children. While the other wife was mother of several children. Having friends that have dealt with the pain of barrenness, I know this can be a painful place to be. Add to that the aggravation of another woman (wife) who constantly flaunted her children. Talk about a dysfunctional family. Your problems do have biblical solutions and examples of godly responses.
What was Hannah’s solution? Anger? The silent treatment? Retaliation against the offender? None of these were Hannah’s response. As I heard said many years ago, “I am not responsible for the actions of others, only my ‘reaction’ to them.” Hannah had taken this philosophy to heart and her solution was to take her aching heart to God. When the family went to God’s house to celebrate one of the festivals of God, Hannah took her brokenness before God. She was so broken that her earnest prayer was misunderstood by the ‘preacher’ (Eli the priest saw her mouth moving and no words coming out and rebuked her for being drunk!!!—is that being misunderstood or what?). Hanna explained that her actions were out of a heart of deep distress. Upon hearing her earnest defense Eli blessed her and said in verse
17, “Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.” Her integrity was evident.
Long story, short, God heard and honored Hannah’s faithful response to her situation and God gave her a son, Samuel. Hannah kept her vow to God and brought Samuel back to the place of worship and entrusted him to Eli to serve in God’s house, for His purposes all his life. Samuel was probably 3-5 years old when Hannah kept her word and gave this precious gift for which she had prayed so earnestly, back to God as her gift of obedience. Wow!!! We can’t really comprehend her actions but God honored her faithful life and prayer by giving her more children, and using Samuel to minister to the Kingdom of Israel his entire life. What a mom. Scripture tells us that she made him a new coat every year and took it to him when they went to celebrate the feasts. Think on these things. Spend some time this week reading the first few chapters of 1 Samuel; you will be humbled in this woman’s presence.
The last women I’d like to look at are a mother and grandmother that Paul spoke of in 2 Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:5, “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”
2 Timothy 3:15, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (Who taught him? Of course mom and grand mom.)
Here we find a mom and daughter who did their work for God in the life of their son/grandson. Timothy was half Jewish and half Greek. Scripture doesn’t tell us if his father was a believer, but it clearly reminds us moms and grand-moms, that we can influence our children for God if we will
faithfully live the word before them,
teach them the scriptures and lead them to Jesus.
We have a high calling from God.
Let’s stand fast in these evil days
and instill in those that come behind us,
the powerful truths of God
and lead them to the Savior.
It doesn’t matter how much we teach our family
if don’t lead them to the Savior through His Word.
We may be guilty of doing what Jesus warned against. I close with this admonition that I hope you will consider in your life, as I will. We can only share that which we have and know ourselves.
Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mom?????