Some Important Bible Mothers

W. Terry Varner
May 14, 2017

We honor our earthly mothers today. We ought to give thanks to God who made the unique female nature that reflects the complete and pure love of God for His children (1 John 4:19). The Bible mentions several women who were mothers. There are both good and bad mothers just as there are both good and bad fathers. With today being Mother’s Day, it would be good for us to learn some valuable lessons on motherhood from Scripture.

Eve, the Mother of All Living.When Eve is mentioned she is normally known for her sins (Gen. 3). While Eve is mentioned only by name four times in the entire Bible (Gen. 3:20; 4:1; 2 Cor. 11:3; 1 Tim. 2:13). Eve is called the “mother of all living” (Gen. 3:20) and lived as Adam’s wife for centuries. We are told she gave birth to several “sons and daughters” (Gen. 5:4). I have little doubt that we will enjoy her in eternity.

Sarah, the Mother of Nations.Sarah, Abraham’s wife, is spoken of often in Genesis 16-18. Early in life, Sarah was portrayed as impatient, angry, and selfish especially in relation to her servant, Hagar. Sarah, rather than allowing God’s providence and time-schedule to work, insisted that Hagar should bear a child by her husband. Abram. As time passed, Sarah grew in her relationship with God and demonstrated her faith and ability to finally see God’s promises. She gave birth to Isaac who fathered Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes of Israel. Her willingness to obey her husband is a biblical example of a godly wife (1 Peter 3:6).

Rahab, the Woman of Jericho.We might not remember Rahab as a mother, but that is what God remembers her for. Almost all know the saga of Jericho and the two spies sent out by Joshua to survey the land of Canaan and especially Jericho (Josh. 2:1). They lodged at Rahab the harlot’s house. Jericho was a pagan city who worshipped the moon goddess Ashtoreth, a cult having religious fertility rites. Rahab had heard how the terror of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land are fainthearted because of you” (Josh. 2:9). She hid the two spies from their would be captors and begged for safety in Israel, “for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (Josh. 2:11). She was brave. She risked her life to save two of God’s children and believed and embraced God Jehovah. Later, after Jericho fell, she married Salmon and became the mother of Boaz, the father of Obed, who fathered Jesse, the father of King David.

Mary, the Young Virgin.God chose Mary, who was engaged to Joseph, to bear the human body of Jesus. She was a young, righteous virgin who willingly submitted to God. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and informed her of her role in giving birth to Christ-child, everything about that message was outside of her experience and expectations. Yet, she willingly did what God required of her. Surely in the 30 years that her Son was at home with her, she pondered in her heart what all was involved in Gabriel’s message (Luke 2:19).

Elizabeth, the Older Mother.While there are older mothers in the Bible, Elizabeth was an older mother who had no children until God blessed her and her husband, Zacharias, with their son, John the Baptist. When visited by Mary and hearing her miraculous story, Elizabeth recognized Mary, as “the mother of my Lord,” immediately when Mary visited from Nazareth (Luke 1:43). Elizabeth offers all a godly example in the time spent with another but special, mother-to-be both of whom had a series of horrible events in their lives. Elizabeth exemplifies the words of Paul to Timothy for “older women” to teach “the younger women” how to be good wives, mothers, and faithful homemakers (Titus 2:3-5).