God’s Plan In Motherhood
Mothers serve one of the most important roles if not the most important role in life, in the Bible, as well as in the plan of salvation. Motherhood is simply another expression of God’s image, which can be seen in the name “El Shaddai,” which in Hebrew breaks down to “The Many Breasted One” or “The Breasted One.” This perfectly describes the aspect of his nature that is nurturing much like a mother. Needless to say that the bible holds mothers and motherhood in a very high regard, but what exactly does the bible say about motherhood?
Many times throughout scripture we see that God describes himself with elements of motherly characteristics, as Carm.org explains:
“He comforts as a mother, (Isaiah 66:13), “As one whom his mother comforts, so I [God] will comfort you; and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.”
He Protects like a mother bear, (Hosea 13:8), “I [God] will encounter them like a bear robbed of her cubs, And I will tear open their chests. There I will also devour them like a lioness, as a wild beast would tear them.”
He Shelters as a mother hen, (Luke 13:34), “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!”
He watches over like a mother eagle, (Deuteronomy 32:11-12), “Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, That hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them, He carried them on His pinions. 12 The LORD alone guided him, And there was no foreign god with him.”
He relates himself to a mother in labor, (Isaiah 42:14), “I have kept silent for a long time, I have kept still and restrained Myself. Now like a woman in labor I will groan, I will both gasp and pant.”
He understands the pain of raising up a child and giving birth to the nation of Israel, (Deuteronomy 32:18), “You neglected the Rock who begot you, and forgot the God who gave you birth.”
He nursing mother, (Isaiah 49:15), “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.”
He understands motherhood, (Psalm 131:1-3), “O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes bhaughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, or in things too difficult for me. 2 Surely I have composed and quieted my soul. Like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me. 3 O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forever.”
When God first created Adam and Eve, one of the original mandates that he gave them was to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it..(Gen 1:28) This was the first and clearest message given to Eve as the mother of all creation.
Had he wanted, God could have given the significant responsibility of motherhood to Adam, however, in his eternal wisdom he decided that for man to be alone it was not “good” (Gen 2:18). A woman was needed, not only to help and complete the man but to bare the burden of childbirth and take on the role of motherhood in the family relationship.
Just as there are many “great and mighty men” in scripture, there are also many examples of great mothers and women of God in the bible. Right from the beginning we see examples of these great women starting with Eve. Abraham’s wife Sarah, who was the mother of Jacob. “Deborah, who was known as “the mother of Israel” and was a considered a righteous judge. Ruth, who was the great- great-grandmother of David. Even Timothy, who was a man of great faith is said to have learned to have great faith from his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice. Of course, probably the most popular of all the mothers in the Bible is Mary, who brought forth our savior, Jesus Christ.
Imagine the enormous responsibility she had of not only carrying the Savior of the world in your womb but also raising him up throughout his early childhood, keeping him out of harms way during his teenaged years, teaching him the ways of the world as a young man and releasing him into his ministry. Mary must have been one strong woman.
The Bible has given us some amazing examples of how God used mothers and illustrated the importance of motherhood all through scripture. It’s a special job, that God certainly doesn’t bestow upon everyone.