God bless you, Moms, grandmas and women generally!
I just watched a series of videos of our young American soldiers coming home – surprising their moms, who didn’t know they were there. I’ve seen a few of those, and they always make me cry. Thank God for moms. Thank God for women. Thank God for wives. The videos I just mentioned make it so clear how deeply moms feel for their children, especially when they’ve been in harm’s way for so long. Happy Mother’s Day, moms.
I lost my mom in 1993 and how I miss her. She was way too young, and I was way too young to not have a mom in my life. So I always delight to see people of all ages loving and respecting their mom. My wife’s 86 year old mom and 91 year old dad were here recently, and of course I call them Mom and dad too. They are going through aging issues now but how blessed my wife and I are to still have them around.
Mothers, know your role is so huge in shaping humanity. So many of you nowadays soldier on in “single-parent homes” due to an absent husband, the father of your children – but you keep doing what you have to do to provide for the children in your care. So many of you have to get up and go to work early in the morning, or late into the day, but you do it for the deep love you feel. That’s not going unnoticed, moms. And so many of you are the teachers of things Biblical to your sons and daughters (and I hope fathers are stepping up to that role too).
I look at my own wife when she’s around our children. She never seems to be thinking of her own needs. Never. Or so it seems to me. She’s always trying to be sure everything is ready and running smoothly for everyone else. She’s constantly trying to please the kids, to please me, to please guests. I know she has her own issues, but you’d never know. And as special as she is to me, I know this would be said by many of you of your moms or your wives out there. God bless you moms, wives and women out there.
Timothy of the Bible was raised to love and obey God and know his word due to the faith, example and diligence of his mom and grandma (2 Timothy 1:5), mentioned by name in scripture. Grandma Lois and his mom – Eunice. Yes, you grandmas can have a HUGE impact on the grandkids! I see it all the time as I watch my wife’s impact on our grandsons here.
Women were also made in the image of God and then Elohim gave both the man and the woman dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:27-28). I’ve always personally believed that God divided his qualities equally into the male and into the female. God is neither male or female – but is both, I believe. We call him Father, true. But if both male and female are in his image, I believe women will feel very, very comfortable around Yahweh when you women someday meet Him “in person”.
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Men were made to be the leaders of the home, as Paul teaches in the book of Timothy, but men were not to lord it over their wives but to give of themselves as Christ does to the Church (Ephesians 5:25-30). Yes, the head of the wife is the husband and our head is Christ, and his head is God the father (1 Corinthians 11:3). And yet our wives, all women, all moms in the faith-- are co-heirs of the high calling we have in Christ. Peter tells husbands to dwell with their wife with understanding, “giving honor to the wife as being heirs together of the grace of life” – “that your prayers may not be hindered” (1 Peter 3:7).
God’s laws were very clear. We are to honor our father AND our mother, the 5th commandment (Exodus 20:12). We’re not told to honor mom “IF” she’s worthy of honor. We’re told to honor her, period. No preconditions, just like dads were to be honored. We are not to forsake the law of our mother (Proverbs 1:8). I hate jokes about aging moms or mothers-in-law or the aged generally. “…Do NOT despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22). God commands us all to behave in such a way that moms can be glad when they think of us (Prov 23:25). There was no tolerance for someone who struck his mom or his dad (Exodus 21:15) or who cursed his mom (v. 17).
Some of the great men in the Bible were great because they had great moms. I think of Josiah. His dad was wicked. But his mom Jedidah is mentioned by name, undoubtedly because she had a huge hand in shaping this great king of Judah (2 Kings 22:1).
And how about Jochebed, the mother of Aaron, Miriam and Moses. Her faith in hiding Moses and then putting him in God’s hands – only to be drawn out of the water by Pharaoh’s daughter herself, wow. And then Miriam played a big hand in directing the Princess to a mom who could nurse the baby – Moses’ own mom. What faith, what emotions must have been tugging at their hearts.
And Mary, the mother of Yeshua (Jesus). As awesome as it was to be called to be and do what she was called to be, there were many difficult moments in her life. I can’t imagine what it must have been like for a young virgin to be told she was pregnant by God’s Spirit and was going to give birth to the son of God. And then all the derision and mocking whispers she endured. And then at the end, she was right there with her boy, with her Savior, as he hung on the cross (John 19:25-27). His Son kindly pointed her to his best friend John (whose name means “Gift of God”) who then took her home to spare her the death. And then after the resurrection, she was among the early disciples who gathered together as one body to pray and to worship (Acts 1:14). What an inspiration she must have been to the early congregation.
I love Sarah, our princess. She found it amusing to think of her husband giving her pleasure at her old age, to conceive a child. How human this great woman of faith was, as well. She tried to work out the promised child when one was not forthcoming for many years by offering her servant girl Hagar to Abraham to be a wife through which they could have a child. But then there were sparks of trouble from that and Sarah held her ground and demanded Abraham send Hagar and Ishmael away. And God backed up Sarah! See Genesis 21:9-13.
Then there’s Rebekah, mother of Jacob and Esau. She felt like whole nations were fighting in her womb, and indeed that was prophetic. What love she had for Jacob, and once Jacob had to leave, it is doubtful that Rebekah ever saw her beloved son again. As far as I can tell, she never got to see her grandchildren. Never. Having a favorite son didn’t work out well. But someday she will be reunited with Jacob and all his family and all her grandchildren and great-great-great grandkids. What a reunion that will be as we all honor her too.
I gave a sermon about five women mentioned in Yeshua’s genealogy, and I recommend you hear those. One of them was Bathsheba. She reminds us that in spite of David’s sin with her (David was the instigator and gets the blame; nowhere does scripture denounce her), God has a merciful way of working things out. They had a son named Solomon who ruled in peace and became part of the Messianic line leading to our Savior. In spite of a tough start, in spite of terrible sin, our God used this woman to mother the wisest man who ever lived and be part of the line to Yeshua himself.
And I love Hannah’s story. She was Samuel’s mom. Read her story in 1 Samuel 1-2. She pleaded with God for a son so fervently that the high priest thought she was drunk. God granted her wishes and she offered her son as an assistant to the priest and one of the greatest judges and prophets of all time was born. No doubt Hannah – whose name means “Grace” – played a HUGE part in directing the course for the young Samuel’s life. I loved how she would make him little robe each year (1 Samuel 2:19).
Rahab is a favorite mom for me too. She was a despised Canaanite, a cursed race God had singled out to be moved out of the land. Plus she was a prostitute on top of all that. So why would I like Rahab? Because in spite of all her baggage, she was able to put all that behind her and move on - - an inspiring example for all of us, especially when we get down and feel our life is ruined. She had faith in the one true God of Israel, adopted Israel as her own country and God made her a direct ancestress of the line resulting in King David and our Messiah. Her son was Obed and her great great-grandson was David. So no matter what your race or background has been til now, have faith in the one true God, turn your life over to him and He can turn everything around for you. I see her as a loving, wonderful woman. One who has been forgiven much, loves much. Remember? Our Savior said that. One who has been forgiven much and accepts that forgiveness and moves on – like Rahab (and frankly all of us!) did, becomes more human, more deep-feeling and understands life more. They are deeper people. Rahab is such an inspiration.
There are many more we can talk about. But moms, grandmas, ladies and wives – thank GOD for you, for all of you. You are the HEART of most households. Yes, dads have a vital role to play too, but it’s just not quite a home without Mom in the picture. We love you moms. Continue to shape and mold and love those in your care. And thank you, thank you for your example, your love, your devotion and for all you do and have done to make our homes a better place to live. God bless you, moms and women.