Randy Weddle pastors Community Church of Mooresville and Mount Pleasant Church of Hall, Indiana
The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Genesis 3:20 ESV
Immediately after God’s judgment upon mankind for rebellion, an encouraging thing takes place. The woman receives her name. The man names her “Eve” (Hebrew “Khav-vah”), which means “life giver”. Some say this is a sign of the man’s faith in God’s promise to bruise the head of the serpent through the woman’s seed (Genesis 3:15). I have no problem with that line of thought. Eve is the mother of all human beings who were to come.
To be the mother of all living was a special honor placed upon the woman, Eve. Through her came all of humanity. Since Eve, all women throughout history have also shared this special honor to be a giver of life, a bearer and nurturer of mankind.
This honor given to women is significant. The perpetuation of the human species is a high priority of God. God states on more than one occasion for humanity to bear fruit.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 1:27, 28 ESV
God says the same thing to Noah and his sons. After the flood is finished, God states the following.
And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.
Genesis 9:1 ESV
Genesis 9:7 And you, be fruitful and multiply, increase greatly on the earth and multiply in it.” ESV
So then the role of a mother is according to the will of God. The role is the privilege of bearing precious life, the life of creatures made in God’s image. This is a good thing in the eyes of God.
God commands mankind to honor their own mothers. In the Ten Commandments, we read this very commandment.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12 ESV
This commandment was first given to the Hebrews, but God established it as a command for all people for all ages. God repeated the command to honor one’s mother many times. The command can be found in Deuteronomy 5:16; Matthew 15:4; 19:19; Mark 7:10; 10:19; Luke 18:20, and Ephesians 6:2. There can be no doubt of the value God placed upon the role of motherhood.
Make no mistake. In God’s eyes, motherhood is something of great worth and importance. Satan does his best to send out the opposite message; that motherhood is beneath a woman’s dignity. Can you imagine if the Lord’s mother, Mary, would have thought of bearing Jesus as somehow “beneath” her?
You see, it was through a woman, Mary, that the Savior of all mankind entered the world as a man. So then motherhood had the greatest role, a high role in God’s plan to save sinners from Hell. It has been believed that this high honor was what Paul referred to when he mentioned that women were meant to be about the work of the home rather than taking leadership offices in the Church.
1Timothy 2:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. I Timothy 2:12-15 ESV (Emphasis mine) This verse is a high praise for moms. It means that all moms reflect the glory of the mother of Jesus. Their labor, dedication and work are reminders of the tremendous ministry of Mary to raise the Son of God. The role of motherhood, which is so often belittled by the world and devalued by women, is the one of the great honors God places upon women. We must begin to see women and motherhood as honorable, beautiful, valuable, and vitally important. Motherhood is a ministry of holy, eternal proportions, reserved only for women!
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