What can we learn from the moms in the Bible?
Mother’s Day is this weekend and it was great to chat with my friend, Pam Fields, host of The Mom Next Door, Stories of Faith Podcast. We talked about lots of the moms in the Bible and the lessons we can learn from them.
Here are the Bible mothers we talked about:
- Sarah and Hagar
- Jochebed (Moses’s mother)
- Hannah and Peninnah
- Naomi and Ruth
- The mothers of David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego (These moms aren’t mentioned or named in the Bible, but Pam brought out the fact they must have had a big influence on how these men lived their lives
- Elizabeth and Mary
Pam brings a mother’s perspective to all these stories. What were these moms in the Bible thinking?
Questions Pam and I discussed
What prayers and songs did Jochebed sing and say over baby Moses? How did she teach her other two children, Arron and Miriam, to be quiet and not tell their friends they had a baby brother. How did it feel to put him in the basket? What was it like to nurse him at the request of Pharaoh’s daughter?
How did God prepare Sarah for motherhood at such a late time in her life?
How did Hagar cope being all alone and being banished? Have you ever felt ostracized from a group or friends or family? What can we learn from Hagar?
Hannah, who was unable to have children, was jealous of Peninnah, who had children. What can we learn from the way she prayed when we compare ourselves to others and we don’t have what we want?
What did Ruth see in Naomi’s mothering that made her want to follow her back to Israel? How did Naomi feel when her husband and both sons died?
What influence did the mothers of David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego have on their sons? How were they taught to have such a strong faith? How can we follow that example with our own children?
New Testament moms
If Elizabeth had been 20 years old when she had John the Baptist, would she have had the wisdom and life lessons of faith and trusting God to help raise John to fulfill his purpose to announce the Messiah’s coming and prepare the people for it?
And Mary! How would you do if you literally had the perfect child to raise. Perhaps we should see all our children as “the baby Jesus” and treat them with the same love and reverence Mary had for Jesus.
These are just a few of the ideas we talked about. You get the idea.
Of all the moms in the Bible, who is your favorite?
About my guest:
Pam Fields is the wife of Andrew, mother of nine and grandmother of four. She’s always had a heart for encouraging moms in their walk with the Lord and their mothering journey. Though life is always busy for this homeschool mom she’s ready to learn and try new things such as blogging at TendingFields.net and sharing testimonies on her podcast, The Mom Next Door, Stories of Faith. When Pam has some free time, you can find her at coffee with friends or planning her next family gathering at their home in Cookeville, Tennessee.
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- Sarah and Hagar: Genesis, chapters 16-21
- Jochebed (Moses’s mother): Exodus, chapter 2
- Naomi and Ruth: Ruth, chapters 1-4
- Hannah and Peninnah: 1 Samuel, chapters 1 & 2
- The mothers of David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego: (These moms aren’t mentioned or named in the Bible, but Pam brought out the fact they must have had a big influence on how these men lived their lives) David: See 1 Samuel, chapter 16. Daniel and friends: See Daniel, chapters 1-12
- Elizabeth and Mary: Luke, Chapters 1 & 2; Matthew, chapters 1 & 2
Ruth 1:16 NLT
16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.
Matthew 25:40 KJV
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Matthew 12:48, 50 NLT
48 Jesus asked, “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
50 Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”
Exodus 20:12 NLT
12 “Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the LORD your God is giving you.
Psalm 119:33, 34 KJV
33 Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end.
34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.