Mother's Day Special!
Mom's have always played a vital role in our lives, and Mother's Day is a great chance remember and give thanks to moms. Over the centuries, Moms have been given jobs of great faith.
Mother of Moses
Jochebed was the wife of Amram and the mother of Moses. We learn about her the most in Exodus 2. Pharaoh commanded the mid-wives to kill all boy Hebrew babies. The mid-wives feared God more and Moses was born anyway. Mothers and fathers have often feared over the future of their children.
Imagine Jochebed's fears! Moses was born into a super hostile world. Eventually she placed her baby boy in a basket and let him float down the river. He was found by Pharaoh's daughter and spared. Who knows if Jochebed placed him on the river strategically close to Pharaoh's daughter or not.
However, her heart had to have broke as he him floated away from her. Pharaoh's daughter saw a beautiful child and needed some one to nurse him. Jochebed was the woman hired to perform this task. Moses was taught about God during this time. No matter how hostile the environment a godly woman can teach her children about God.
Mother of Samuel
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. There is no definite age, however we 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).
Mother of Isaac
The changing of Sarah's name was more than a play with words. Sarah meant mother of nations. Every time someone called Sarah or anytime she introduced herself to someone she was making a statement of faith, calling herself the mother of many nations even before she had a child. By this time she was already 90 years old.
GEN 18:10 "Then the LORD said, 'I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.'"
Sarah eventually gave birth to Isaac.
Mother of Jesus
Mary the mother of Jesus, although a virgin and promised to marry 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.
This was durring a time where young unmarried pregnant women at that time were stoned.
She was going to have the Savior of the world. During her life she would get to see him grow (Luke 2:52), perform miracles (John 2:1-11), gather large crowds (John 6), and God's Word.
Mother of Timothy
Lois was the mother of Eunich, 2 Timothy 1:5. Often we read of her grandson, Timothy. However, Timothy's mother was Eunich.
We also 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). Lois and Eunich worked as a team in teaching Timothy.
Perhaps One Of The Most Famous Moms
in Christian History...
Is that of Monica of Hippo. She was Augustine of Hippos mother, born in the year 332 in what's now modern day Algeria. Monica married a pagan non-christian man who was very violent. She constantly prayed for him and he eventually did become a Christian.
When her eldest son Augustine of Hippo went off to study in Carthage, he got into a life of Manichaeism (a form of Buddhism). Later, she went to see a holy bishop who consoled her with the now famous words "the child of those tears shall never perish".
She prayed with heavy tears for 7 straight years until Augustine eventually did convert to Christianity. Not only did he become a Christian, he studied to become a priest and wrote many famous books.
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