One woman recounted an incident with her one-year old son, “I was very ill and so weak in bed one day, but when I heard a bump on the stairs, I didn’t know where the strength came from, I went flying out of the room to check that my son was alright.”
A lady preacher once said, “A man has the physical strength to punch the lights out of someone, carry kilograms of load and such things, but a woman’s strength; to carry her child for miles in order to get help.”
MOTHERS IN THE BIBLE
Eve: Had called Cain ‘seed’ and then Seth ‘seed’, thinking of the seed that God had spoken about. Children are indeed seed for us.
Sarah: After so many years of barrenness, she laughed within herself when the Lord said she would have a child – even though she had passed the age of child-bearing. The Lord declared, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?”
Rebekah: The Lord granted Isaac’s plea for his wife’s barrenness and she became pregnant with twins. She didn’t know what the matter was with her as the children struggled together within her. She asked, “If all is well, why am I like this?”
She inquired of the Lord and the Lord answered her.
Rachel: When God remembered her, she proclaimed, “God has taken away my reproach.”
She also prophesied another son for herself.
A daughter of Levi: Moses’ Mother saw that he was a beautiful child and hid him for 3 months risking her own life.
Naomi: Lost her husband and her two sons, but had to adopt Ruth as her daughter, after Ruth clung to her and refused to leave her. What a reward Naomi got in a daughter like Ruth! Naomi gave her good advice. The women of her town blessed Naomi and her ‘grandson’ and proclaimed, “Praise be to the LORD, who this day has not left you without a guardian-redeemer. May he become famous throughout Israel! He will renew your life and sustain you in your old age. For your daughter-in-law, who loves you and who is better to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”
Hannah: We all know of Hannah, whose husband gives a double portion because he loves her, although the Lord had closed her womb. She was in bitterness of soul and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow to the Lord. She conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel. She stated, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord.”
The time came to fulfil her vow and after the child was weaned, her husband allowed the Lord’s word to be established.
A poor widow: A certain woman, a prophet’s wife saved herself and her two sons by crying out to Elisha, the Prophet. She followed his instructions and thereby saved her sons’ futures.
Shunem woman: A woman who lived in Shunem, had a son as a reward for welcoming Elisha, the Prophet, into her home. Her only words were “It is well”, when her son died in her arms. She had gone miles to look for Elisha and had said to him, “As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” So Elisha had no option but to return home with her and she received her son back alive.
Isaiah 66:12. On her sides shall you be carried and be dandled on her knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you…
Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…
Mary – Mother of Jesus: A prophesy about her – “Behold, the Virgin shall be with child and bear a son and they shall call his name Immanuel” (God with us). Truly, she is blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of her womb. Mary marvelled at the things spoken of Him and she also saw Him do many miracles.
Canaanite woman: A woman of Canaan cried out to Jesus to heal her daughter who was demon-possessed. “Have mercy on me”, she begged. His disciples wanted Jesus to send her away. She was disturbing them, they said. Jesus also mentioned he had only been sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then she came and worshipped him, pleading, “Lord, help me!”
An exclamation mark! A lot had been meant in just that statement. All her emotions involved.
Jesus answered, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” Her answer was amazing.
“Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their master’s table.” Imagine that! She only wanted a little crumb from the Lord. She knew it would be enough. He could do it. Jesus was moved and answered, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” Her daughter was healed that very hour!