Commitment to Motherhood
Category : General
Judges 5: 7 (KJV)
7 The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.
To be a mother is by no means second class. Men may have the authority in the home, but the women have the influence. The mother, more than the father, is the one who molds and shapes those little lives from day one. ~ John MacArthur
Until it pleased God to raise up Deborah, and endow her in a very wonderful and extraordinary manner with gifts qualifying her to be a nursing mother to Israel, to teach and instruct them in the mind and will of God, to administer judgement and justice to them, to protect and defend them, and in all which she discovered a maternal affection for them; and as a good judge and ruler of a people may be called the father of them, so she, being a woman, is with propriety called a mother in Israel, having an affectionate concern for them as her children: now, till she arose, there was no perfect salvation and deliverance wrought for them, since the death of Ehud, even throughout the days of Shamgar and Jael; which is observed to excite praise and thankfulness on the present occasion, which hereby became the more illustrious.
As been pointed out over and has been concluded, “We need that womanly element in the Church. The mother is the soul of the family. We cannot live upon hard law and severe discipline; there must always be a tender element in our education, for we are weak, and need the ministry of compassion and love. We speak much about the fathers of the Church, and the fathers of the nation, and are apt to forget that the “mothers in Israel” have often been more heroic than the fathers, and that their very gentleness has become their strength in time of danger. Whilst discouraging some aspects of what are termed sisterhoods, and whilst deprecating what is known as the worship of the Virgin Mother, we should seek for the truth which underlies all this womanly ministry. Many could serve the Church by miracles of love, patience, compassion, and encouragement, whose voice could never be heard on public questions. Every woman can at least be “a mother in Israel” within the limits of her own family. She is not called upon to be a theologian, a scholar, a pedant, a source of alarm to the ignorant and the incompetent, but she is called upon to be compassionate, sympathetic, and encouraging. It is a mistake to suppose that the Church is either a drill-ground or a school alone. It is a house, a home, a nursery; it is a place of healing, education, and comfort; many a strong man would be the better if to all his strength he added a touch of tenderness. Beautiful is the service of mothers in the Church of Christ. They can speak with an influence all their own, absolutely indisputable, even by the most learned and eloquent men. They know how to whisper to sorrow, how to touch weakness without burdening it, how to speak a word in season to him that is weary. All womanly influence in the Church and in the family should be abundantly and gratefully encouraged.”
Have a great and God filled day!