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Sunday, May 13 2012

The Mother Of All Living

The English word "mother" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon (the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons, a people of Germany, some of whom became the English) word which meant to bring forth. In English versions of the Holy Scriptures (see The Word Of God In The Tongues Of Man), "mother" is used to translate the Hebrew root word, pronounced aim, which means the bond, as in the central being from which offspring are created and congregate.

Although it's not obvious in translation, Jesus Christ used that original Hebrew meaning of children gathered around a mother when He said "23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" (Matthew 23:37 KJV). As we will see, He was speaking of His Church, and the children of God who will be born of it in due time.

It's ironic that the first human mother did not herself have a mother, or was herself ever a child. The woman from whom all humans are descended began life as an adult, from a man. She was at first known as "Woman, because she was taken out of Man."

Eden

"2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

2:23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." (Genesis 2:21-25 KJV)

It was after the humans became sinners that the "Woman" was named "Eve" i.e. "Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." At least she had a name of her own; "Adam," from the Hebrew word pronounced aw-dawm, simply means human, as a species, male and female i.e. "1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27 KJV).

"3:16 Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

3:20 And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living." (Genesis 3:16-20 KJV)

The difficulties of the genesis family continued with their first two children - after which things seemed to get better for them i.e. righteous Seth ("4:25 And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew" Genesis 4:25 KJV) and more sons and daughters ("5:4 And the days of Adam after he had begotten Seth were eight hundred years: and he begat sons and daughters" Genesis 5:4 KJV). The first two however exemplified and embodied the prophecy "in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children."

Mother and Child

"4:1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. 4:2 And she again bare his brother Abel.

And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. 4:3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. 4:4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: 4:5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

4:6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

4:8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?

And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?

4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. 4:11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand; 4:12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

4:13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. 4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

4:15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. 4:16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden."

"For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church"

Despite the difficult beginning, humanity has done very well with motherhood, particularly when God's Commandments, including the one about mothers, is obeyed.

Mother

"20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12 KJV)

Many of the teachings about wisdom involve mothers.

"1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck." (Proverbs 1:7-9 KJV)

"6:20 My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: 6:21 Bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. 6:22 When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life." (Proverbs 6:20-23 KJV)

"10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother." (Proverbs 10:1 KJV)

"15:20 A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother." (Proverbs 15:20 KJV)

"19:26 He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach." (Proverbs 19:26 KJV)

"20:20 Whoso curseth his father or his mother, his lamp shall be put out in obscure darkness." (Proverbs 20:20 KJV)

"23:22 Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old." (Proverbs 23:22 KJV)

"23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him. 23:25 Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice." (Proverbs 23:24-25 KJV)

"28:24 Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer." (Proverbs 28:24 KJV)

"29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame." (Proverbs 29:15 KJV)

"30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men." (Proverbs 30:11-14 KJV)

Human motherhood extends to the true Church of God. By means of the Holy Spirit, true Christians are conceived now, awaiting the time in which the birth as God's children, in God's Kingdom, will be accomplished (see Conceived By The Spirit Of The Father and the Fact Finder question below).

Fruit

"4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

4:21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise [see The Hagar Excuse and The Yoke Of Freedom].

4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. 4:27 For it is written,

Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free." (Galatians 4:19-31 KJV)

The motherhood instruction to Eve has always been about the potential ultimate birth that awaits those who are physically born i.e. "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church" (see the Fact Finder question below).

"5:22 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. 5:28 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 5:33 Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband." (Ephesians 5:22-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: (a) Why is the true Church of God called a "woman" and a "mother"? (b) When will the conceived children of the Church of God be "born again"?
(a) See The Birth Of The Bride
See also The Church In The Garden, The Church In The Wilderness, The Church Today and The Church In The End Time
(b) See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?
See also The Church In The Kingdom Of God and The Church: Mission Accomplished


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This Day In History, May 13

609: Pope Boniface IV dedicated the pagan Pantheon (which means "all gods") in Rome as a church in honour of the "Blessed Virgin and all martyrs" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).

1568: Mary, Queen of Scots was defeated by the English at the Battle of Langside in Glasgow.

1607: Captain John Smith and 103 crew in 3 ships landed in what is today Virginia. They named the location "Jamestown" after King James (the same James from which the King James Version of Bible was named) and established what was the first permanent English settlement in the New World wilderness.

1619: Johan van Oldenbarnevelt, statesman and founding father of the Netherlands, was executed by Prince Maurice of Nassau on a charge of subverting religion.

1648: Margaret Jones of Plymouth was found guilty of witchcraft and was sentenced to be hanged.

1779: The War of the Bavarian Succession ended.

1846: The U.S. declared war on Mexico, beginning the "Mexican-American War."

1861: Pakistan (which was then a part of British India) opened its first railway line, from Karachi to Kotri.

1888: Slavery was abolished in Brazil.

1912: The Royal Flying Corps was established in England, the predecessor of the Royal Air Force.

1913: The first 4-engine aircraft was flown in Russia; it was built by Igor Sikorsky.

1917: Near Fatima, Portugal, three shepherd children claimed that Mary, the mother of Jesus, had appeared to them. Since 1930, the alleged incident has come to be known as Our Lady of Fatima (if the children actually did see something, it was a demon, not Mary - who is dead, in her grave, awaiting her resurrection on the day of Christ's return - see What Happens When You Die?).

1940: Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands and her daughter Juliana fled the Nazis and sought sanctuary in Britain. Later, in June 1941, Princess Juliana took her children to Canada to escape the bombing, and gave birth to a daughter in Ottawa (the Government of Canada extended diplomatic Embassy status to the hospital room for the moment of the birth, so that the Princess was born in Netherlands territory).

1940: In his first speech as Prime Minister of Britain, Winston Churchill told the House of Commons: "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat." He went on to become one of the greatest leaders that Britain has known.

1958: French troops took control of Algiers.

1965: Israel and West Germany established diplomatic relations.

1981: Pope John Paul II was shot 4 times (2 bystanders were also wounded) by Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca in St. Peter's Square.

1993: Ezer Weizmann was sworn in as Israel's seventh President. His uncle, Chaim Weizmann, was the first President at the time of modern-day Israel's founding in 1948 (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1996: Over 400 people were killed and 30,000 injured from a tornado in Bangladesh.





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