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|Written by Dr. Kluane|
|Sunday, 30 November 2008 17:46|
DR. KLUANE SPAKE
“The Lord gives the word (of power): the women who bear and publish(the news) are a great host.” Psalm 68:11 Motherhood "Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived." (Genesis 4:1 RSV)
"For Thou didst form my inward parts, Thou didst knit me together in my mother's womb." (Psalm 139:13 RSV)
"And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb." (Luke 1:41 RSV)
"And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn." (Luke 2:6-7 RSV)
"When a woman is in travail she has sorrow, because her hour has come; but when she is delivered of the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a child is born into the world." (John 16:21 RSV)
"But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother's breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul." (Psalm 131:2 RSV)
"So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him." (1 Samuel 1:23 RSV)
Motherhood is described as:
Loving, Ex 2:1-10; recalling, Lk. 2:51, grateful, 2 Kng. 4:19-37; weeping, Lk. 7:12-15; idolatrous, Jdg. 17:1-4; concerned, I Kng. 17: 17-24; cruel, 2 Kings 11:1,2; joyful, Ps. 113:9; calculating, Mat. 20:20-23l prayer-like, Acts 12:12.
Duties of mothers: Honor, Eph. 6:2; duty, Deut. 21:18,19, protection, Gen. 2:11; provision, Jn. 19:25-27.Motherhood is Figurative of: Israel, Hos. 2:2,5; Judah, Ezek. 10:2,10; Heavenly Jerusalem, Gal. 4:26. A LIST OF SOME MOTHERS:Motherhood was viewed as the major function for women in the Scriptures. For all of their selfless years of dedication, most mothers receive very little acclaim or appreciation. God honored many mothers with a lasting remembrance by putting their names in the Bible. Only some are mentioned here:
ABITAL (II Sam. 3:4; I Chron. 3:3), one of King David's wives, and mother of Shephatiah, who was born in Hebron. She is one of the six wives of David listed together in II Samuel 3:3, 4, 5.
ACHSAH (Josh. 15:16, 17; Judg. 1:12, 13; I Chron. 2:49), daughter of Caleb, prince of the tribe of Judah, who received Hebron as an inheritance for himself and his descendants. He had been one of twelve men sent by Moses to explore the land of Canaan and one of two who kept their faith in the Lord. Adah was the mother of Jabal and Jubal. Jabal was a famous shepherd and Jubal was the first to introduce the art of music to the world. She was one of two wifes of Lamech who was in the 7th generation after Adam (Gen. 4:19-23). ADAH 2 (Gen. 36:2, 4, 10, 12, 16), one of the Canaanite wives of Esau and the mother of Eliphaz, Esau's first-born (Gen. 36:15), from whose line came four dukes, Teman, Omar, Zepho, and Kenaz (Gen. 36:15). AGAR (Gal. 4:24-25), the Greek name for Sarah's handmaid Hagar. Ahinoam (#1 ) was daughter of Ahimaaz, the wife of King Saul first King of Israel, and mother of Jonathan who was a close friend of David. 1 Samuel 14:50
AHLAI (I Chron. 2:31), a daughter of Sheshan, a descendant Pharez, elder son of Judah by Tamar. The text is confused. In 1Chronicles 2:31, she is the only one of Sheshan's children who is named, but verse 34 speaks of Sheshan's daughters.
Ahlai's name has little importance except in relationship to Pharez son of Tamar, who herself appears in Matthew's genealogy of Christ. AHOLAH (Ezek. 23:4, 5, 36, 44), a feminine name used symbolically by Ezekiel to designate Samaria, the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel, larger than the southern kingdom, of which Jerusalem was the capital. Therefore, Aholah is designated as the elder sister. AHOLIBAH (Ezek. 23:4, II, 22, 36, 44), the name of a whore in Ezekiel's allegory of the two kingdoms of Israel, the northern and southern, which had gone "awhoring" (after idols) of their heathen neighbors. Aholibah represents Jerusalem, capital of the southern kingdom. Her evil was like that of her lewd sister, Aholah, representing Samaria. Both had gone awhoring after idols, had defiled God's sanctuary and profaned His sabbaths.
AHOLIBAMAH (Gen. 36:2, 5, 14, 18, 25), one of Esau's wives and often regarded as the same as Judith, mentioned in Genesis 26:34. In this passage she is identified as the daughter of Elon the Hittite, but in Genesis 36:2 she is identified as the daughter of Anah, the daughter of Zibeon, and again in 36:25 as the daughter of Anah.
Aholibamah (also spelled in some translations as Oholibamah) is not mentioned under either of these names in the earlier texts of Esau's wives (Gen. 26:34 or 28:9). Various explanations have been made regarding this. Authorities who compiled the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia believe there is some error in the text. The least we can say is that it is most confusing the way it stands. Aholibamah had three children by Esau, namely, Jeush, Jaalam, and Korah, who were born in the land of Canaan (Gen. 36:5). All of these children are referred to as dukes in Genesis 36:18. Aholibamab was one of several of Esau's wives. She became a mother of the tribe of Edomites, never a righteous people like Israelites. ANAH (Gen. 36:2, 14, 18, 25), a daughter of Zibeon and mother of Aholibamah (Oholibamah), one of the wives of Esau. She is the only named mother of any of Esau's wives. As the mother of Aholibamah, she was grandmother of Esau's children, Jeush, Jaalam and Korah, born in the land of Canaan ( Gen. 36:2, 18, 25). ANNA, first woman to proclaim Jesus as Christ. Lk. 2:36-38 APPHIA (Philemon, verse 2), a Christian of Colossae, Phrygian City, now a part of Turkey. She is thought to have been stoned to death in the reign of Nero. ASENATH (Gen. 41:45,50; 46:20), wife of Joseph and daughter of Potipherah, a priest of the great national temple of the sun at On or Heliopolis, seven miles northeast of modern Cairo. Asenath bore Joseph two sons before the years of famine in Egypt. He gave to both of them Hebrew, not Egyptian, names. The first was Manasseh, meaning "God hath removed me from all my troubles and from my father's house." The second was Epliraim, meaning "God hat made me fruitful in the land of my affliction." ATARAH (I Chron. 2:26), the second wife of Jerahmeel, grandson of Pharez, also mother of Onam. Though Jerahmeel's first wife had five children, this wife is not named, and Atarah is only among those in a group of introductory genealogies. ATHALIAH, daughter of Jezebel and Ahab and only ruIing queen of Judah. (2Kings:11:1, 2, 3, 13, 14, 20; 2 Chron 22:2,10, 11, 12; 23:12, 13; 21: 24:7) AZUBAH I (I Chron. 2:18, 19), first wife of Caleb, one of the descendants of Judah. By him she had three sons, Jesher, Shobab, and Ardon. AZUBAH 2 (I Kings 22:42; II Chron. 20:31), daughter Shuhi, wife of King Asa, third king of Judah and mother Jehoshaphat. It is said that “he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord” (1 Kings 22:42, 2 Chronicles 20:31). BAARA (I Chron. 8:8), one of the wives of Shaharaim BASHEMATH I (Gen. 26:34), the daughter of Elon the Hittite, and the first of two of Esau's wives. In Genesis 36:2 she is called Adah. She became his wife when he was forty years old and turned out to be a "grief of mind" to Esau's parents, Isaac and Rebekah. BASHEMATH 2 (Gen. 36:3, 4, 10, 13, 17), a second wife of Esau bearing the name of Bashemath. She was the daughter of Ishmael and sister of Nebajoth and in Genesis 28:9 her name is given as Mahalath. Esau probably married her after his marriage to the first two Hittite wives recorded in Genesis 26:34. This second Bashemath or Mahalath was the mother of Reuel. BASMATH (I Kings 4:15), a daughter of Solomon, sometimes called Basemeth. She became the wife of Ahimaaz. BITHIAH (I Chron. 4: 18), daughter of one of the Pharoahs who married Mered, descendant of Judah. DINAH, daughter of Leah and Jacob, who was raped by Sechem. (Gen.30:1, 3, 5, 13, 25, 26; 46:15). *** Bathsheba was the mother of Solomon and last wife of King David (2 Sam. 11:3; 12:24; 1Kings 1:11, 15, 16, 28, 31; 2:13, 18, 19: 1 Chron. 3:5). BILHAH (Gen. 29:29; 30:3, 4, 5, 7; 35:22, 25; 37:2; 46:25; 1 Chron. 7:13), Rachel's handmaid. Rachel gave Bilhah to her husband Jacob for a wife. Bilhah thus became the mother of two of the tribes of Israel – Dan and Naphtali. Among the descendants of Bilhah's first son was Samson, (Judg. 13:2). The tribe which descended from Bilhah's second son Naphtali became very large (53,400 at first census, Num. 2:29, 30). Elizabeth was the mother of John The Baptist. "And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb." (Luke 1:41 RSV). Gabriel said to her, “Blessed (indwelt with God) is she who believed.” Eve, the mother of Cain, Abel, and Seth. Eve is the “mother of all living.”EBLISHEBA (God of an oath) wife of Aaron, first priest of the Levitical priesthood.
Hagar was the servant or handmaid of Sarah who was childless. She may have been in the lineage of an Egyptian princess. Sarah gave her to Abraham to bear children and she became mother of Ishmael (Gen. 16, 21:9-17, 25:12, Gal. 4:24,25).
HAMMOLEKETH (I Chron. 7:18), mother of Ishod, Abiezer, and Mahalah. From the line of Abiezer came Gideon the judge. HAMUTAL (II Kings 23:31; 24:18; Jer. 52:1), daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah, wife of Josiah, mother of two sons, Jehoahaz and Zedekiah. Hannah was the first wife of Elkanah. She was childless for many years, but eventually became the mother of Samuel the prophet. After Samuel was born, she became mother to three more sons and two daughters (1 Sam. 1; 2:1, 21). Hephzibah was the wife of the good King Hezekiah. Their son was Manasseh, who became an ungodly king and ruled over Judah for fifty-five years (2 Kng. 21:1, Is. 62:4).
MAACHAH I (Gen. 22:24) was the daughter of Abraham's brother Nahor by his concubine Reumah. She was one of the first-named woman in the Bible.
MAACHAH 2 (II Sam. 3:3; I Chron. 3:2), a daughter of Talmai, king of Geshur, and one of David's eight wives. She was the mother of son, Absalom, born when David was at Hebron, and of daughter, Tamar. MAACHAH 3 (I Kings 15:2; II Chron. 11:20, 21, 22) was the daughter or granddaughter of Absalom. She was also the favorite wife of King Rehoboam (successor to King Solomon who was his father). Rehoboam had 28 sons and 60 daughters by his 78 wives and concubines but he made her son, Abijah his successor. MAACHAH 4 (I Kings 15:10, 13; II Chron. 15:16) was the mother of Asa.MAACHAH 5 (I Chron. 2:48) was one of Caleb's concubines. Her children were Sheber, Tirhanah, Shaaph and Sheva. She may have been the mother of Caleb's daughter Achsah. MAACHAH 6 (I Chron. 7:15, 16), the wife of Machir and mother of Peresh and Sheresh. She was a daughter-in-law Manasseh, son of Joseph MAACHAH 7 (I Chron. 8:29; 9:35), wife of Jehiel and mother of Gibeon. MAHALAH (I Chron. 7:18), daughter of Hammoleketh She is a granddaughter of Manasseh, Joseph's oldest child Mary the mother of Jesus, James (the apostle), and Joses ( Mat,1:16-20; 2:11,13:55, 27:55-61; Mark 6:3; Lu 1:27, 30, 34, 38, 39, 41, 46, 56; 2:5, 16,19, 34; Acts 1:14). MARY the wife of Cleopas is mentioned (John 19:25) as standing at the cross in company with Mary of Magdala and Mary the mother of Jesus. She was one of those who went early in the morning of the first day of the week to anoint the body, and thus became one of the first witnesses of the resurrection (Matt. 28:1; Mark 16:1; Luke 24:1). Mother of James and Joses( Matt. 27:56, 61:28:1; Mk 15:40, 47; 16:1; Lk 24:10; Jn 19:25),. MARY OF BETHANY 3 ( Lk. 10:39-42; Jn. 11:1, 2, 19, 20, 28, 31, 32, 45; Mk. 14:3-9), sister of Martha and Lazarus. MARY the mother of John Mark was one of the earliest of our Lord's disciples. She may have been the wife of Peter and the sister of Barnabas (Col. 4:10, Acts 4:37; 12:12). Her house in Jerusalem was the common meeting-place for the disciples there.
MARY MAGDALENE ( Mat 27:56-61; 28:1; Mark 15:40, 47; 16:1, 9; Lk 8:2, 24:10; Jn. 20:1,11,16,18), She told the apostles if the Resurrection. MARY OF BETHANY ( Lk. 10:39-42; Jn. 11:1, 2, 19, 20, 28, 31, 32, 45; Mk. 14:3-9), sister of Martha and Lazarus. MARY 5 ( Acts 12:12), mother of John Mark. Matred (thrusting, forward or expulsive) was the mother of Mehetabel who’s daughter eventually married the last king of Edom (Gen. 36:39, 1 Chr. 1:50).MEHETABEL (Gen. 36:39; I Chron. 1:50), daughter of Matred and wife of Hadar or Hadad. MERAB (I Sam. 14:49; 18:17, '9), King Saul's eldest daughter that he promised to David. Merab was given to Adriel. She had five sons. It is assumed that Merab died young and her five sons were cared for by her sister Michal. Meshullemeth (repay or retribution) was the wife of Manaseh, son of Hesekiah. She was the mother of Amon the evil king of Judah (II Kings 21:19). MILCAH I (Gen. 11:29; 22:20, 23; 24:15, 24, 47), daughter of Haran and wife of Nahor, brother of Abraham. She had eight sons, Huz, Buz, Kemuel, Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph and Bethuel. Bethal was the father of Rebekah, which means that this Milcah was Rebekah's grandmother. MIRIAM I( Ex. 15:20-21; Num. 12:1, 4-5, 10, 15; 20:1, 26:59; Deut. 24:9; 1 Chron 6:3; Mic6:4), sister of Moses MAACHAH - Her name means oppression or depression. She was the daughter-in-law of Manasseh, son of Joseph. She was the mother or Peresh and Sheresh (1 Chronicles 8:29; 9:35)
NAARAH (I Chron. 4:5, 6), one of two wives of Ashur, mother of four sons, Ahuzam, Hepher, Temeni, and Haahashtari NAOMI (Ruth 1:2, 3, 8, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22; also Ruth 2:1, 2, 20, 22; 3:1; 4:3, 5, 9, 14, 16, 17), wife of Elimelech and mother of Mahlon and Chilion. One of her daughters-in-law was Ruth
NEHUSHTA - Her name means 'a peice of brass.' She was the wife of Josiah and mother of Jehoiakim and went into captivity in Babylon with him. (2Kings 24:8)
PENINNAH ('coral') was the second wife of Elkanah. When Penennah’s children were born, she was unkind to barren Hannah (1Samuel 1:2,6). PHANUEL (Luke 2:36). Young's Concordance calls her the mother of Anna.RACHEL wife of Jacob and sister of Leah( Gen. 29:6-31; 30:1-2, 6-8, 14-15, 22,25; 31:4, 14,19, 32-3;33:1-2, 7; 35:16-25).
Rachel was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. Rachel lamented over her children (Jer. 31:15),
RAHAB lied to her own people in order to protect the Israelite army, yet James 2:25 tells us she was “justified” in doing that. Somehow, God looked on this particular action of not telling the truth as one of bravery and valor, and she becomes one of the people in Hebrews who lived by faith (Heb. 11:31). Rahab married the spy named Simon and she portrays a type of the Gentile Bride. She became the mother of Boaz and the Great grandmother of King David (Josh. 2:1:2, 6:17-25). In spite of her sordid past, Rahab was adopted into the covenant community and included in the direct ancestry of Jesus Christ (Mt. 1:5). Real and the false mother in Solomon's famous test (I Kings 3:16)REBEKAH was the mother of Esau and Jacob/Israel who were twin boys REUMAH (exalted) was the first woman in the Bible to be called a concubine. As the secondary wife of Nahor, she was the mother of Tebah, Gaham, Thahash and Maachah (Gen. 22:24). RHODA (Acts 12:13), a maidservant in the Jerusalem house Mary, mother of Mark, who was the first to hear Peter knock at gate after his miraculous escape from prison. RIZPAH (hot or baking stone) was one of Saul’s concubines. She had four sons, three of which were named Armoni, Megphibosheth and Ishbosheth (2 Sam. 3:7, 21:8-14). Rizpah mourned over her dead sons (II Sam. 21).
SARAH wife of Abraham (Gen.11:29-3; 12:5, 11,17; 16:2-8; 17:15-21; 18:6-15; 20:2, 14-18, 21:1-12). Abraham treated Sarah as a queen who ruled in many ways. (Her new name Sarah implied “chieftainess or mother of nations.” God said, “Rulers of people shall be of her.” Finally, at ninety, she was ready for motherhood! She was the mother of Isaac.
SALOME was the mother of Zebedee's children. Her sons were James and John (Matthew 20:20-24; 27:56). Jesus had told the twelve how He would be betrayed and rise again on the third day. Upon hearing this statement, Salome worshipped Jesus, acknowledging that HE was God. Then, she requested that her two sons sit at His right and left in His Kingdom (Mk. 15:40, Mt. 13:55, Mt. 20:17). Notice that Jesus didn’t rebuke Salome, but explained that she didn’t understand. He asked if SHE were able to drink of the cup and be baptized with the baptism He was baptized with? This is the same Salome that later stood at the cross – watching Jesus drink the cup. Following Jesus at this crucial time wasn’t easy, but she stayed until the end – and her son John also remained at the cross, while the other disciples watched from a distance. SHELOMITH 3 (2 Chron. 11:20), probably a daughter of Maachah and King Rehoboam. Shelomith is named with three other children, Abijah, Attal, Ziza, and is not referred to as a daughter. SHIPHRAH and PUAH (Exodus 1:15-22) are two Egyptian midwives who refused to kill the sons of the Hebrew slaves, “feared God” more than the highest law of the land. Because of their bravery, God rewarded them with children of their own. SISERA’S mother experienced premonitions of his disaster and death (Judg.5:28,30), TAHPENES (I Kings 11:1 9, 20),a queen of Pharaoh of the time of David and foster-mother of Genubath, son of her sister and Hadad. TAMAR disguised herself as a harlot and became pregnant with his child Pharez. Matthew mentions this illegitimate birth of Pharez as being in the lineage of the Messiah. (Gen. 38:6, 11, 13, 24; Ruth 4:12; 1Chron. 2:4), and ancestor of King David TAMAR 2 (II Sam. 13:1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 19, 20, 22, Chron. 3:9) was a daughter of David and Maacah and full sister of Absalom. The affluent woman of Shunem grieving for her dying child (II Kings 4:18-20). The widow at Nain: (Luke 7:11-17). Jesus and the disciples encountered the large burial party carrying a young man’s body out of the city on a bier. The mourners cried over the death of the only son of a widow woman. Jesus cared about a woman’s sorrow when He told this despairing mother, “Weep not.” Upon touching the coffin (NIV) the young man arose, and “Jesus gave the young man back to his mother.” Timothy's mother and grandmother taught him.ZEBUDAH (II Kings 23:36), daughter of Rumah, mother of Jehoiakirn
ZERUAH (I Kings 11:26), wife of Nebat, mother of Jeroboam ZERUIAH (I Sam. 26:6; II Sam. 2:13,18; 3:39; 8:i6; 14:1; 16:9, 10; 17:25; 18:2; 19:21, 22; 21:17; 23:18, 37; I Kings 1:7; 2:5, 22; I Chron. 2:16; ii:6, 39; 18:12, is; 26:28; 27:24). She was a half-sister of David and a sister of Abigail 2. Her husband, according to 2 Sam. 2:32, was buried in a sepulcher at Bethlehem. She had three sons, Joab, Abishai and Asahel. ZIBIAH (II Kings 12:1; II Chron. 24:1), wife of Ahaziah and mother of Jehoash or Joash. ZILLAH (Gen. 4:19, 22, 23), one of two wives of Lamech (the other was Adah). Zillah is the mother of Naamah, the first daughter mentioned in the Scriptures and she was also the mother of Tubal-cain. ZILPAH (Gen. 29:24; 30:9, 10; 35:26; 37:2; 46:18), Leah's handmaid. Zilpah had two sons, Gad and Asher ZIPPORAH was one of the seven daughters of Jethro. She was the wife of Moses and the mother of two sons, Gersham and Eliezer (Exod. 2:21; 4:25; 18:2).
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