The Power of Christ Will Soon Crush Satan

As I settle in to write tonight, I kind of feel…restless. I’ve been searching through the next few verses that mention “mother” but nothing is standing out to me to share! I’ve been praying all day for ideas from the Lord, but haven’t gotten much. I do know, however, that sometimes the Lord likes to make me wait until the last minute so I will keep asking, keep seeking and keep knocking. I’m going to just start writing and see what happens here tonight.

Genesis 3:20
“The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.”

My very incomplete thoughts and questions on this verse (ha!):

  • Eve had no name except “woman” until after sin entered and the humans were expelled from the Garden of Eden
  • Eve was the “mother of all living”. Does this mean no man or woman had origins elsewhere, besides Adam?
  • “mother of all living” – a sign of being nurturing to plants and animals in addition to people?

Being at the end of my own ideas, I’ve looked to Guzik’s Bible commentary on Genesis 3:20. He points out that as of this naming, Eve had no children.

Bam! There it is! (Thank You, Lord!)

‘Woman’ had yet no children, BUT her identity — her very name came from the fact that she was created to be a mother — mother of all living. God declared that she would have children and then Adam named her for that very role. God also spoke that her offspring would have purpose in the world – to  defeat the devil!

Genesis 3:15 (God speaks to the snake)
“I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

What a promise – and what grace — although she had greatly sinned against God, He now promises that He will use Eve’s offspring to eventually crush the snake’s head!

Of course, Eve’s offspring that God was referring to was Jesus here, but isn’t it delightful when we read Romans 16:20 and realize that every mother’s child also has the chance to take part in this prophetic declaration?

“The power of Christ will soon crush satan underneath YOUR feet!”

Our children can also be part of the promise God gave to the first mother!

Oh Lord, thank You for the privilege mothers have in birthing children to be part of Your Kingdom – that we can partner with You in crushing the enemy’s head – both under our own feet and under our children’s! Hallelujah!

 

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God’s First Mention of Mothers

Happy March!

As I mentioned yesterday, this month I plan on doing 30 blog posts – one per day, with one day for leeway. I’m going to study the word “mother” in the Bible. I hope to learn and share with you insights from the word about this person, this role of “mother”. Each of us had a mother, is a mother, or knows someone who is a mother. Or, of course, a combination of all three! OK actually everyone HAD a mother at some point, whether or not you knew her. I am a mother myself. I am a mother to four – three on earth, one in heaven (miscarriage). I look forward to learning about God’s purpose for mothers!

So, let’s get started! I’ll give a few definitions first and explain its basic usage in the Bible using a concordance.*

The English definition of “mother” is as follows:

-noun-

  1. A woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth
  2. A female animal in relation to its offspring

-verb-

1.bring up (a child) with care and affection, look after kindly and protectively, sometimes excessively so.
2. give birth to

Synonyms: female parent, look after, care for, protect, nurse, raise, rear
Antonyms: neglect

In Strong’s Concordance, the Hebrew word for “mother” is #H517 ’em

  • it occurs 202 times in the Old Testament
  • translated as “mother” 214 times
  • translated as “dam” 5 times
  • translated as “parting” 1 time

In Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for “mother” is #G3384 meter

  • it occurs 85 times in the New Testament
  • it always translated “mother”
  • it points to both literal and metaphorical mothers

In Bible study there is something called the “law of first mention”.

“The ‘law of firstmention‘ is the principle in the interpretation of Scripture which states that the first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.” (www.theamericanview.com/the-law-of-first-mention)

I had this law of first mention in mind when I searched to discover the first time  the Lord had “mother” used in His Word.

Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
(Genesis 3:24)

The first time mother is mentioned is to say that her son will leave her? Wha? Nothing about the importance of mothers? No explicit instruction? Not a description of how much laundry she will have to do? Or all the other household responsibilities of being a mother?

Nope. But what I do see here between the lines is pretty incredible. It’s clear that the focus is on what a man will do when he grows up. But when we zoom in on the role of both fathers and mothers in this Scripture, it is that one day, our children will leave us. And to me, the Lord is speaking through this Word as if to say, “Your job as a mother will end. Your purpose is to prepare your children to leave.  Show him how to life live independently. Show him how to leave you and how to cleave to his wife. Don’t make them become dependent on all that you do for them. Remember, they will leave you to do life with their spouse.”  Life selflessly? Yes – as we will see later down the road in this study. But this? The law of first mention declares that this is the unchangeable pattern that the Lord has set forth for both mothers and fathers. Your children will leave you. So help them get ready.

Something else I glean from this verse is that a man (the son) shall “hold fast to his wife“.  No where in Scripture do we see mothers being called to “hold fast” to their children. Wives must hold fast to their husbands! “they shall become one flesh.

Could it be that being a faithful, loving, and respectful wife is even more important than being a godly mother? Seems to me that here in Genesis 3:24 we see that our intimate role in our children’s lives ends, but being a wife lasts as long as you live. Maybe it’s not more “important,” but certainly longer lasting! Interesting!

We’ve all seen how mothers-in-law can have a hard time with this leaving and cleaving business. It’s no wonder. We’re so involved in our children’s lives that it’s easy to forget that they are to grow up and leave up. I’ve heard so many stories about mothers that have a hard time giving up their intimate friendship (or co-dependency) with their sons. It must be hard to give up that role to the new wife – but it’s what motherhood was designed for: it’s what God had in mind when He created man and woman in His image.

So I pray we will heed what the Lord established way back in Eden, and remember that one day our children will leave us; it’s our job to prepare both ourselves and our children for that day. Thank You Jesus for this little nugget of truth today.

“…a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

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Done in Love

Proverbs 18:19
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a citadel.

This past Friday, I had a fight with my husband. One of those that ends with me walking away, trying to find somewhere to be alone. (Tell me this happens to you, too!)

Anyway. As I went into our bedroom by myself, I thought, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city.” I was pretty sure that was a Proverb, but I wasn’t entirely confident. Either way, I knew the Lord was speaking to me. The phrase was on repeat in my brain. I had become that offended “brother,” and the walls around me had certainly gone UP. Nobody was getting back in!

Walls of Jerusalem

As I considered this, Rick came in to reconcile. (Yay! I did NOT have the strength to do that–my walls were up, remember??)
He came in with love & gentleness, I forgave him and vice versa. The walls went down. I was no longer a “brother offended.”

Later that evening, I had an encounter with someone else. This time, I was the offending party. It was part accidental, part on purpose, without any malicious intent. I meant something as a joke, but it was inappropriate and definitely not done in the right context or at the right time. To put it simply, what I said was foolishness, and this person was offended, to the point of tears.

What was she? Offended. And the walls of the citadel were up, up, up.

Again, I heard in my head, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city.”

The next day, after amends had been made, forgiveness had been given and the walls were back down, I was reading John Bevere’s book, “The Bait of Satan.” Amazingly, the whole book is about offense and being offended and what it does to us. Talk about perfect timing!

“When one person is wronged by another, he believes that a debt is owed to him. He expects a payment of some sort.”

This is so true. While I was offended, I wanted Rick to come and apologize. I refused to forgive him until he came to me! My walls were up, and I was barricaded inside of them!

I realized that when I am offended, not only do I shut everyone else out, but I shut myself in! Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the doors, how the walls come crashing down. But forgiveness is a choice, and the debt that anyone “owes” us should be obsolete.

This kind of offended attitude is devastating to the Church. It tears away at unity. It destroys love. God says “Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14)

This is what Jesus did:

Colossians 2:13-14

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

He cancelled the debt that was against us. He chose not to be offended by all that we had done to Him, instead taking it all and crucifying it. He FORGAVE us. He freed Himself and freed us.

So, that’s our Monday Scripture Study.

Oh Father God, Holy Spirit, Jesus,

Your ways are so much wiser than ours. Give us Your wisdom to stop being offended, to let down our walls, to open the gates. I pray that the Church will be reconciled, that we will practice forgiveness when we are offended, that we will seek reconciliation when the time is right. You died for us while we were still sinners. Help us to forgive our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, mother-in-laws, father-in-laws and children while they are still sinning against us. I can hardly imagine what that would look like. Father I pray that we will win over our loved ones when we have offended them, coming with peace, repentant hearts and gentleness. Grow in us Your fruits that we may look like You.

Thank You for the wisdom of Your Word.

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.