Some Famous Mothers In The Bible
The Bible mentions numerous women who have served God faithfully. In many situations, they have served by being good wives and mothers. Let us take a look at some of those women.
Sarah was a woman of great faith. Her obedience to Abraham is mentioned in 1 Peter 3.6. She sojourned with her husband for many years in Canaan. Twice she was placed in difficult situations due to her beauty. While traveling to Egypt, Abraham was afraid he would be killed by those wanting Sarah, Genesis 12.11-13. Later on it happened again as Abraham was afraid King Abimelech might kill him so as to have Sarah, Genesis 20. While the beauty of Sarah is not described we she her godliness in her devotion to her husband. When told she would have a son in her old age, she laughed, Genesis 18.12. Part of her could not believe the promise made, but she also knew God would do as He promised. At the age of ninety, she conceived Isaac, Genesis 21.2,3.
Mothers and wives often have been called upon to do that which seems impossible. Yet the impossible is possible with a little faith and God's help.
Jochebed was the wife of Amran and the mother of Moses. We read mostly of this woman in Exodus 2. Pharaoh commanded the mid-wives to kill all male Hebrew babies. The mid-wives feared God more than Pharaoh and Moses’ life was spared. Mothers and fathers have often fretted over the future of their children. Imagine Jochebed's fears! At best Moses was born to be a slave and at worse would be killed in the near future. Eventually she placed her baby boy in a basket and put him on the Nile River. This was a dangerous river with crocodiles and snakes. Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter and his life was spared. Frankly, I do not know if Jochebed placed Moses on the river strategically close to Pharaoh's daughter or not but God's divine providence was at work. I do suspect that her heart had to have broken as she saw him float away from her. Pharaoh's daughter saw a beautiful child and needed someone to nurse him. Jochebed was the woman hired to perform this task. Moses grew up being taught by his mother. No matter how hostile the environment a godly woman can teach her children about God.
Hannah was the wife of Elkanah, but she was barren, 1 Samuel 1. She prayed to God for a child, "O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life and no razor shall come upon his head" (1 Samuel 1.11) This woman dedicated her son to the Lord. After he grew, she weaned him and took him to Eli, the priest. I cannot give you a definite age; however I do know this child was very young. "Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice" (1 Samuel 2.19).
We need more mothers and fathers who look upon their children as belonging to the Lord and not as their possession. They are not ours to do with as we please but as to please God. Our children can learn a lot about Him at a very early age. The early years are when the child's personality develops. That is the time when a mother can do her best and most important work.
Mary the mother of Jesus, although a virgin and betrothed to Joseph, was with child. She was not asked how she felt about this situation. God chose Mary and she had to accept what happened. She was going to have the Savior of the world. During her life she would see him grow (Luke 2.52), perform miracles (John 2.1-11), gather great crowds (John 6), and teach the word of God.
Obviously, the conception and birth of Jesus was miraculous and does not happen today. A woman today can find herself in an unplanned pregnancy. Unfortunately some women decide to have their baby aborted. Other women have respect for the life inside of them. They give their children the nourishment they need to live. Eventually, they will see their children grow, learn to walk and talk, bruise their knees, have friends, go to school, date, have their own families, and do other great things. Every man or woman had a mother that loved them enough to have them.
Lois was the mother of Eunice, 2 Timothy 1.5. Often we read of her grandson, Timothy. However, Timothy's mother was Eunice. We know that Timothy's father was a gentile, Acts 16.1. We also know Timothy learned the Holy Scriptures while growing up, "from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures" (2 Timothy 3.15a). I think of Lois and Eunice working as a team in teaching Timothy. However, before the "team" there was simply Lois. We know nothing of her husband but we do know she had a daughter that learned the scriptures from her.
Unfortunately today, some fathers are not godly men or they are not interested in teaching their children about God. What can a mother do? She can use what help there is available and teach. If your mother taught you the word of God, you can hand down that knowledge to the next generation.
It is also unfortunate that our society down plays the role of wife and mother. As husbands we ought to praise our wives on a daily basis for their love and companionship. As children we should be thankful for their nurturing and love. -- Dennis Tucker