What The Bible Says
Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
Proverbs 31, where so many Mother's Day messages come from, has an overlooked verse with three questions. “What my son?” emphasizes a mother's love and motherly concerns. Genesis 1:26 captures that the man, made in both the image and likeness of God, was made to have dominion. He was commanded what fruit not to eat and he named all the animals. Verse 27 captures that both male and female were in the image of God, i.e. having body, soul, and spirit. (The spirit of man knows God consciousness; the soul knows self-consciousness, emotions, desires, and affections; the body is the seat of the senses bringing world consciousness, it is separable from soul and spirit, susceptible to death, and is the seat of the fallen Adamic nature.) Male and Female have all that, but the woman was not made for dominion. She was made for being a “help meet” (2:18), or an appropriate help. Only moms can provide the tender, selfless, love required to raise a child.
“What the son of my womb?” emphasizes a mothers body. Every part is different; the chromosome package changed, every organ is designed for sustaining a child's life. The hormone package was completely revamped and refined for mothering. Gone is the testosterone laden, hairy, domineering, competitive, agressive male hormone package. There are some queer things in this world, but there is no biological transgendering. A woman's body was designed by God for a specific role.
“What the son of my vows?” emphasizes a mother's marriage. The “till death do us part” vow provides a security that is essential to a woman and absolutely essential to a home rearing her children. Homes operating without it are unstable and dysfunctional. Bible principles bear up each of these mothering qualities, and the mom pursuing them is blessed indeed.
An Essay for week #19 - May 8, 2022
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