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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."
"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.
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.
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."
"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.
"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.
"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)
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).
"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.
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.
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"?
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.