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From Adam’s side God gently removed one of his ribs, and from that RIB God made the woman. From that moment Adam would be INCOMPLETE without his HELPMEET!
The Doctrine of The Mother
Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2011 Richard St.James
Mother … the Only Barer!
"And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him" (Genesis 2:18).
From Adam’s side God gently removed one of his ribs, and from that RIB God made the woman. From that moment Adam would be INCOMPLETE without his HELPMEET! She would be an extension of him forevermore. Amen!
The MAN is INCOMPLETE without the WOMAN.
She is the necessary EXTENSION!
She BARES the children for the FATHER. Yea! Even though the children were in his LOINS until the moment of the conception … He CAN GO NO FARTHER! … She will have to BARE the children FOR him. She is the ONLY ONE who can do it!
THE PERFECT DESIGN from an ALMIGHTY CREATOR … THE GOD of HEAVEN and EARTH!
So perfect that the Son of God came into the world BORN of a VIRGIN!
Mother … the Primary Molder!
How can children rise up and (according to Proverbs 31:28) call their mother blessed? It is because she EMPTIES herself in a perpetual sacrifice of training up her children in the way they should go. She takes the time … whatever time is required. The mother is a MOLDER of CHARACTER. How does she do this? She FOLLOWS the leadership of the father … the Vital Cog of the family by taking a SNAPSHOT of the MODEL he has given by his instruction for the home, and COMPLIMENTS his efforts towards the children. It is the mother who makes or breaks the home. She will build her house or she will tear it down.
She is the VITAL OIL that keeps the family in GOOD REPAIR! Without her things will BREAK DOWN! She is the perfect TEAMPLAYER … without which the father is DOOMED to failure. Without her HELP, as the PRIMARY MOLDER of the children, the Vital Cog will fail in his responsibility to God for the souls given to him of God in the GOD DEFINED FAMILY institution.
Mother … the Sweet Giver!
According to Proverbs 31:20 the mother “stretches out her hand” to the poor. She feels … she pities … she cares … she is a MOTHER! There is something precious about the mother “whose candle goeth not out by night” and keeps “her hand to the spindle” to GIVE to those of her household. She seems to promote the Spirit of God’s admonition to “working with” her “hands the thing which is good, that” she “may have to give to” them “that needeth.” (Ephesians 4:28) In a sacrifice of praise without a glimmer of complaint or without the smallest murmur, the MOTHER POURS herself out as a SWEET GIVER.
Mother … the Means In The Providing
Do you know what lies directly in the path of our Heavenly Father’s promise and provision to us as BELIEVERS? Consider this Scripture:
“Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
In this passage, Matthew 6:30-32, the promise that he will provide for us food and raiment will come often by the MEANS of MOTHER’S HANDS. Meditate on it for a moment thinking about the mother in her home. She receives “the wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” (Proverbs 31:13) She “bringeth her food from afar” … “she riseth also while it is night, and giveth meat to her household” (verse 15)
She lovingly CLOTHES and FEEDS the family. She is DEDICATED to make the LONG RUN for Jesus Christ … the Son of God. She is not interested in the wares of this world’s FAIR. She is not interested in the LIES or the PROPAGANDA of the Devil, nor is she listening to the SIREN call of the Super Sisters. She, rather, is listening to the TUNE of God’s Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs within her HEART … making a melody to the LORD. [Ephesians 5:19]
Mother … the Everyday Prayer Sustainer
Remember how Hannah prayed. Imagine the prayers behind the scene by his mother and grandmother in all those years in bringing Timothy up to the LORD. Often, YES, OFTEN … it is the tears of a godly mother, praying “day in and day out” over her children’s LOST souls that brings them to the SAVIOR, even to the LORD Jesus Christ. Often, YES, QUITE OFTEN … it is the sustenance that comes by the prayers of MOTHER that will KEEP a child of hers from going astray, and falling in the SNARES of the DEVIL and in the PITS of this life.
Mother … the Chief Worker
The Spirit of God says “her candle goeth not out by night.” Who else, but the wife and mother, gets up before the morning’s light to see to the needs of her family? Who else, but the wife and mother, often works into the late night hours to take care of her children? Who else gets up in the middle of night to nurse her little ones? It is MOTHER!
Mother … the Wise Marketer
She is a wise marketer. She is “street wise” or THRIFTY. That means she can TURN a dollar bill into a purchase of two or three dollars worth of goods for the good of her household. She knows how to stretch the resources of the home.
“She considereth a field, and buyeth it … She maketh fine linen, selleth it: and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.” (Proverbs 31:16a, 24)
Mother … the Author of the Law of Kindness
The old Adamic nature of man is capable of so much meanness … in the stinging, biting SLAMMINGS of the tongue.
“And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” (James 3:6)
It is Mom who quells the warfare that comes into our home. The AUTHOR of KINDNESS is Mother!
The little ones, in their warfare, time and time again … look up into her face and stare into her soft tear-filled eyes, and SOMETHING causes them to put their hands to their mouth to PLEASE MOTHER. “She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” [Proverbs 31:26]
Mother … the Spirit of the Home
The Mother sets the tenor or the “spirit” of the home. She does not “trouble” her house. [Proverbs 11:29, 21:9] She has discretion, and she BUILDS her house. She doesn’t tear it down. She understands who the enemy is. She knows it is the flesh, the world and the Devil all threaten to upset the “apple cart” of the Christian home, and she with diligence goes about keeping her household well “oiled” with a spirit of grace and mercy.
She is the faithful promoter of healing and forgiveness in her little ones. It is no wonder the children rise up and bless her. “She looketh well to the ways of her household” … (Proverbs 31:27a).
Mother … the Keeper of the Hearts
She is the “repository” or place where the hearts of her loved ones are kept for their emotional and spiritual safety and preservation. She “knits the hearts” of her family together and is the KEEPER of them. Her husband who is the father of her little ones safely TRUSTS in her. "She does him GOOD and not evil all the days of her life." (Proverbs 31:11-12) For all this … the LORD says her PRICE is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)
The Promise To The Mothers!
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”[Proverbs 31:28]
Friends, we live in a “dark age”. (These are perilous times.) If you believe this to be so, then, here is my question. Do you, my friends, fellowship with God? You cannot fellowship with God if you walk in DARKNESS! If you have RECEIVED the Son of God … even Jesus Christ, then you will walk in the LIGHT!
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth."
If you walk in the LIGHT then you will embrace the God-ordained institution called the FAMILY. The family, as given by the light of the Word of God … Who is Jesus Christ … is revealed to us by the written word of God, the Bible.
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