Since it's mother's day, it'd be wonderful to go back to the bible and look and 4 of the many wonderful mothers during the bible times and why they great examples to moms like us.
1. Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-26)
Hannah was infertile, she was barren for years and she longed so much to have a child that one day, she went to the temple and poured out her soul to God to give her a child. God opened her womb and she conceived to Samuel who she later dedicated to God and became Israel's prophet for a long time.
Hannah said, “Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.” (1 Samuel 1:25-26)2. Jochebed (Exodus 2:1-10)
Jochebed, the mother of Aaron, Moses, and Miriam. During their time, the Pharaoh made a law to kill all of Israelite's newborn baby boy because the people of Israel have grown more and more in Egypt and they feared that the Israelites will outgrow them. Moses was one of the newborn babies at that time. He was saved because of the wisdom of his mother, Jochebed. She made a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed Moses in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister (Miriam) stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
Fortunately, Pharaoh's daughter was the one who found baby Moses and decided to adopt him and make him her own child. Moses was spared and was later called by God to lead the entire Israelites out of the bondage of Egypt, and into the Promise Land.
So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.” (Exodus 2:9)3. The mother during King Solomon's reign (1 Kings 3:1-28)
King Solomon was known as the wisest king of Israel. During his time, 2 mothers (whose names aren't disclosed in the bible), came to ask for his help because they were fighting over 1 child. Unfortunately, DNA testing and other scientific tests to prove who the mother is, aren't available at that time yet, so King Solomon had to use a different way to determine who the real mother of the baby was .
The King decided to kill the baby and he used the mothers' reactions to determine who the real mother was. The real mother, of course, decided to just give the baby to the fake mother, as long as the child would not be killed. She'd rather see the kid grow up without her than see the child die in her own eyes.
Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.” The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!” Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.” (1 Kings 3:24-27)4. Mary (mother of Jesus - Luke 1:26-38)
The virgin Mary is an ancient example of unwanted pregnancy. Well, not that she really didn't want baby Jesus but her human nature was of course in total shock when the angel of God told her about God's plan of using her to deliver baby Jesus in this world. She was filled with fear: fear that her fiance, Joseph, will not understand, fear that the people will know she's pregnant before they married that would cause her to be stoned to death. However, she submitted herself to the will of God.
Mary answered, “I am the Lord’s servant. Let everything you’ve said happen to me.” (Luke 1:38)Some mothers are like Mary, they were afraid, shocked and worried at first, but took the whole responsibility and didn't care about what other people might say, kept the baby and happily jumped into the new life of motherhood.
These mothers are an example of great love, bravery and wisdom for us. Many say that parenting is the toughest job there is, of course it sure is. But the reward is nothing but genuine happiness and love from our kids. To all mothers like me, happy mothers day! May we all continue to be the best mother we can be for our children.