Gospel Gazette Online
Vol. 14 No. 5 May 2012
Page 5

Motherhood

Raymond Elliott

Raymond ElliottIt is always good to remember a godly mother. Jesus while on the cross of shame and suffering thought of His mother and instructed John to care for her after His death (John 19:26-27). One of the sweetest words in any language is “Mother.” A dictionary is not necessary to possess an understanding of such a meaningful term. Not all mothers are wives but they should be and not all wives are mothers, but God permitting they can be. One of the primary purposes of marriage is the propagating of the human race (Genesis 1:27). The role of motherhood should never be taken lightly nor should the status of being a mother be made light of in this modern age. There is no greater relation for a woman to sustain in this life than being a Christian mother.

Perhaps the crowning act of creation by the Lord God was the forming of woman from the side of man. God saw that it was not good for man to be alone, and thus He gave to him a help suitable for him. Adam later named this woman “Eve” because she was the “mother of all living” (Genesis 2:18-25; 3:20). The wise man taught, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing” and that “a prudent wife is from Jehovah” (Proverbs 18:18; 19:14). In the bringing forth of a child, the husband and wife truly become one flesh. There is the binding together of the two. Motherhood is the highest honor given to woman. No matter what else she may do in life, it should be secondary to her being the kind of mother that God desires.

A mother is greatly responsible for the spiritual training of her children (Proverbs 22:6). Her influence is great for good or bad. Abraham Lincoln said of his mother, “All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” An old Spanish proverb states, “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.” Most of us have heard the old saying, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” No doubt, Queen Jezebel exerted a tremendous amount of evil influence on her husband Ahab and their wicked son Ahaziah (1 Kings 16:30; 22:52-53). Several years ago, “Ma Barker” trained her sons to rob, to steal and to kill. It was said that the infamous Nero had a murderess for a mother.

However, the Bible is replete with examples of godly mothers who influenced their loved ones to live for the Lord. Jochebed, the mother of Moses, guided that young heart in the right way, because when he became an adult, he “refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; choosing rather to share ill treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Numbers 26:59; Hebrews 11:24-25). No doubt, students of the Bible know of the beautiful story of Hannah and how she received a son from the Lord. This wonderful woman had promised that she would give the child “unto the Lord all the days of his life.” Hannah named her son Samuel. This young boy, at a tender age, was carried to the house of God to be taught and trained by Eli the high priest of God (1 Samuel 1). Samuel became one of the truly outstanding leaders in Israel, serving God and his people as prophet, priest and judge. If there were more Hannahs in the homes, there would be more preachers in the pulpits.

Jedidah was the wife of the wicked king Amon, but she was also the mother of the young and good Josiah (2 Kings 22:1). In contrast to the wickedness of his father, it is said of Josiah that “he did that which was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and walked in all the ways of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left" (2 Kings 22:2). We must conclude that his good mother and perhaps Jeremiah the prophet exerted a godly influence upon Josiah. Then consider the mother John the Baptist, Elizabeth, who walked righteous before God, “walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless” (Luke 1:6). We also learn that she was determined to name her son John (Luke1:13, 60). Mary, the mother of Jesus, was blessed greatly by having been chosen of God to give birth to the very Son of God (Luke 1:42). Mary was a typical mother in many ways. For instance, she treasured in her heart the things said about the baby Jesus and later the things which He said (Luke 2:19, 51). Finally, we mention the grandmother and mother of Timothy. These two godly women, Lois and Eunice, had taught Timothy from his earliest childhood “the sacred writings which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15). These are some of the godly mothers mentioned in the Bible who are worthy of imitation by Christian mothers today.

A virtuous mother is industrious as is brought out by the passage of Scripture in Proverbs 31:10-31. Certainly, the daily chores of a mother are demanding. She is also considerate of the needs of others in her community. Dorcas was one who was “full of good works and alsmsdeeds” (Acts 9:36, 39). The widow who was to be enrolled by the church must have been “well reported of for good work… if she hath relieved the afflicted, if she hath diligently followed every good work” (1 Timothy 5:10). In addition, the Christian mother and wife will be hospitable. Again from 1 Timothy 5:10 we read, “…if she hath used hospitality to strangers, if she hath washed the saints feet.” From Hebrews 13:2 we observe, “Forget not to show love unto strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” The Shunammite woman manifested a wonderful attitude of such hospitality in regards to the prophet Elisha as recorded in 2 Kings 4:8-37. This quality of hospitality makes the home pleasant where people love to visit.

We need always to show our respect and honor to our mothers whether they are living or have died (Ephesians 6:1-2). We can do this by living for the Lord and being the proper influence for good among our peers.

Dedicated to Mothers in the Homes

Grace Crowell

So long as there are homes to which
Men turn — at close of day,
So long as there are homes where
Children are, and women stay,
If faith and love and loyalty are found
Across those sills,
A stricken nation can recover
From grievous ills.
So long as there are homes where
Fires burn, and there is bread,
So long as there are homes where
Lamps are lit — and prayers are said,
Though a people falter in darkness,
And nations grope,
With God himself back of these little homes,
We still have hope.


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