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Sunday, May 12 2013
The First Mother
"Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was 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 (see The Only Child Of The Garden). The woman from whom all humans are descended began life as an adult, from a man (see Adam and Adamah). 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 (see Grace In The Garden) 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 12
922: Abbasid envoy and historian Ahmad ibn Fadlan arrived in the lands of Volga Bulgars.
1096: Before leaving on the First Crusade (the "Crusades" were wars by Roman Catholics against Muslims for control of "the Holy Land" - see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), Count Emich von Leiningen and his army swept through their own German homeland, murdering thousands of Jews, whom they declared "murderers of Christ" (see Hate Jews? and 'His Blood Be On Us And Our Children'). When Emich arrived in the town of Worms (the English rendering of the German Vorms), the town's Roman Catholic bishop tried to protect the Jewish population, but the Crusaders overran his palace and slaughtered about 500 people who had taken shelter there. Another 300 were killed over the next 2 days. The graves of the massacre victims can still be seen at the Jewish Cemetery at Worms.
1191: King Richard I of England married Berengaria of Navarre, the daughter of King Sancho VI of Navarre and Sancha of Castile.
1264: The Battle of Lewes between King Henry III of England and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, began.
1310: 54 Knights Templars were burned at the stake as heretics in France. Established during the Crusades to protect pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, this military order came into increasing conflict with Rome until Clement V officially dissolved it in 1312 at the Council of Vienna.
1364: Jagiellonian University, the oldest university in Poland, was founded in Krakow.
1551: The National University of San Marcos, the oldest university in America, was founded in Lima, Peru.
1689: King William's War: William III of England joined the League of Augsburg in a war with France.
1743: Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned Queen of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.
1797: French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Venice.
1820: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born in England.
1870: Canada bought Manitoba from the Hudson's Bay Company and made it a Canadian province.
1885: During the North-West Rebellion, the four-day Battle of Batoche was fought between the Canadian government and rebel Metis. It ended with a decisive rebel defeat.
1926: Norwegian Roald Amundsen, Italian Umberto Nobile and Lincoln Ellsworth of the U.S. crossed the North Pole in the Italian-built airship Norge.
1932: The body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindberg was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, New Jersey.
1937: King George VI of Britain was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. Princess Elizabeth, today Queen Elizabeth II, became heir to the throne.
1949: The Berlin Airlift ended when the Soviet blockade was lifted. The airlift began on June 26 1948.
1955: Austria regained its independence as the Allied occupation following the Second World War ended (Adolf Hitler was born in Austria; he later moved to Germany and became a German citizen).
1958: The North American Aerospace Defense Command agreement was signed between the U.S. and Canada.
1965: West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.
1965: The unmanned Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 landed on the Moon.
1975: As U.S. military involvement in Vietnam came to an end, Cambodia seized the U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez.
1982: An "ultraconservative" Spanish priest with a bayonet attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II during a procession in Fatima, Portugal. The priest claimed that the Pope was an "agent of Russia" who was destroying the Church of Rome with liberal reforms.
2002: Former US President Jimmy Carter arrived in Cuba for talks with Fidel Castro, thereby becoming the first President of the U.S., in or out of office, to visit the island since Castro's 1959 revolution that overthrew the CIA and Mafia controlled regime of Fulgencio Batista.
2008: An earthquake measuring magnitude 8.0 occurred in Sichuan, China, killing over 69,000 people.