“Mothers of the Bible.”
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Sarah: The Mother Who Waited — In Genesis 11:30 we learn, “Now Sarai was childless because she was not able to conceive.“ This would have grieved both Sarah and Abraham. God tells Abraham to look at the stars in the Sky, for that would be the number of his offspring. Abraham and Sarah waited 15 years before God renewed His promise, and 10 more years before the promise was fulfilled and Sarah bore a son, Isaac. Sarah probably wouldn’t win an award for waiting but can you imagine waiting that long for a blessing? Sarah tried to believe the promise, but she had doubts until it finally came to completion.
Hagar: The Mother Who Endured — Hagar was an Egyptian slave and a maidservant to Sarah, the wife of Abraham. She didn’t have much say about anything, especially not in becoming Abraham’s wife. Though her status changed, she was still secondary to Sarah. Once Hagar became pregnant with Abraham’s child, a rift developed between her and Sarah. After receiving mistreatment from Sarah, Hagar fled toward her homeland. But she met the angel of the Lord who told her to return. He also promised her numerous descendants through her son whom she was to name Ishmael. Later, Hagar and her son Ishmael were sent away into the desert, where she believed they would both die. But God is faithful and showed her a well. Hagar thought she would get to escape her misery, but God called her to return to it. She obeyed, and He blessed her and her son just as He promised He would.
Naomi: The Mother-in-Law Who Shared Her Faith — Naomi and her family fled to the country of Moab because of a famine in their land. Her husband died, and after 10 years both of her sons passed away. Naomi heard that the Lord had blessed the land of her people with food again. She told her daughters-in-law that they could return home to find new husbands. Only one refused to leave her side. Ruth was already learning from Naomi’s faith even during a time of bitterness. Naomi continued to watch out for Ruth and instruct her wisely in her dealings with Boaz. The Lord blessed Naomi, and she gained a son when Boaz married Ruth. That child was Obed, the father of Jesse, the father of David who would be king.
Hannah: The Mother Who Kept Her Promise — Hannah was married to a man who loved her very much, but he also had another wife. This wife was able to bear children, but the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb. The rival wife provoked Hannah continually, but Hannah would go to the house of the Lord to pray. Her husband tried to console her. But Hannah prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. In fact, she was praying so hard that her lips were moving but no sound came out so that the priest, Eli, thought she was drunk. The Lord blessed Hannah, and she gave birth to a son and named him Samuel. She did just as she had promised. Samuel lived a life dedicated to the Lord, and he would go on to lead the people of Israel, anointing Israel’s first and second kings—Saul and David.
Mary: The Mother Who is Blessed among Women — Mary, a virgin pledged to a man named Joseph, was also visited by the angel Gabriel. He said to her in Luke 1:31, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son.” When she visited her cousin Elizabeth, Elizabeth proclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” Mary believed God would fulfill His promise. An angel of the Lord also visited Joseph, who put him at ease with Mary’s pregnancy. As we read in Matthew 1, Joseph took Mary to be his wife. Mary treasured up many things in her heart as she raised Jesus, but she also had to endure the greatest sacrifice of all time—her son was the Son of God and He had come to give Himself up as a sacrifice, the one and only sacrifice that could be made for mankind. She had to watch Him suffer, be tortured and mocked, and die a cruel death on a cross by crucifixion. Even as Jesus was dying, He cared for His mother and gave her a new son. Mary was chosen by God to bear His Son and raise Him. Though there was death there was also joy for Mary, as her son did not stay dead. He rose again, securing eternity for her and all who would believe.