In July, I led what I anticipate will be the last MOPS Bible Study on Biblical Mothers. With the start of a new MOPS year, it is time to move onto another topic (soon to be announced). There are still several Biblical Mothers that I want to study. Earlier I sent this list to the MOPS Moms to see what they wanted to study:
- Sarah – infertility, manipulation and letting go
- Hagar – hearing from the real God about her son
- Leah/Rachel – jealously, infertility
- Rizpah – having courage as a Mother, losing her sons because of their father’s poor decision
- The Shunammite Woman – receiving a dream (her child) that she had a given up on and trusting God when He does the unthinkable
- Elizabeth – Remaining faithful to God when He does not answer our prayers and when He does – also raising a child who is different from others
If you have vote on what study you would like to see posted, please feel free to comment below.
Eve is our very first example of a Motherhood - she had the example of the Lord relationship with her – but by the time she became a Mother, that relationship had been broken by sin. I was challenged by the fact that she did not have a mother, mentor or even another woman friend to turn to when she had concerns or frustrations about her children. I am not sure how I could have dealt with motherhood without my support. I was also really struck with the pain (and probably guilt) she must as felt as she watched her family circumstances deal with the result of sin.
As much as I would like to think that I would have made a different choice than Eve did in the Garden of Eden - I know how very selfish and sinful I am in wanting to be in control. Alas, my choice would have been the same or even worst. How thankful I am for God’s ultimately plan of redemption.
Major Points from Eve’s life:
- She knew God intimately and enjoyed a perfect life, but it still wasn’t enough. Always in the heart of men/women is the desire to be in control – Eve wanted to be like God. We will always turn towards our own selfish nature instead of obeying God. That is why Jesus had to make the ultimate sacrifice for our sinfulness. Nothing we can do will ever be good enough for a Holy God, but accepting Jesus’ sacrifice provides the covering for our sinfulness. We would have made the same decision that Eve did, because we have the same sinful nature without a saving relationship with Christ.
- Even when there is only 1 man and 1 woman, God still brought Adam and Eve together as husband and wife. His desire was that they would be united to one another for life. God still knew that marriage would be hard since we are so self centered. God’s plan for committed marriages is best for us and our children.
- Eve had characteristics of God just as Adam did. Adam was made in the image of God as was Eve (Genesis 1:27).
- Eve experienced the pain of childbirth, because of her separation from God. Now we too experience the pain of birthing children. Just as our sin is painful until we receive Christ as our Savior – our birth pains are difficult until we hold our new born child. The pain of the birth disappears and overwhelming Mother love comes forth. The same is true with our birth in Christ – He bears a painful death to provide us with overwhelming love. Eve is the first example of this love.
If you are interested in the worksheet that I wrote on Jocabed– Click here:
Other Biblical Mothers we have studied: Eve