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Devotional - week of May 8, 2011


MOTHERS

 

 As one whom his mother comforts, So I will comfort you; And you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. Isaiah 66:13

 

This is an amazing statement. God is using the comfort that a mother gives to illustrate the comfort He will give to Jerusalem. It is a statement of great honor for mothers. Of course, the story of mothers goes far beyond their being comforters.

 

Mothers are known for their self-sacrifice for their families and others. The story of Rizpah in the Bible is an excellent illustration of the self-sacrifice of mothers.

 

During a famine in Israel, King David asked the Lord the reason for the famine. The Lord told him that it was because of what King Saul had done to the Gibeonites—trying to destroy them.

 

King David asked the Gibeonites what he could do for them. Their answer was, “…let seven men of his descendants be delivered to us, and we will hang them before the Lord in Gibeah of Saul ….” David gave them 5 of Saul’s grandsons and 2 of his sons by a servant named Rizpah. The Gibeonites took their lives. Second Samuel 21:10 says:

 

Now Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until the late rains poured on them from heaven. And she did not allow the birds of the air to rest on them by day nor the beasts of the field by night.

 

This act of self-sacrifice lasted for six months. We all have seen this spirit of self-sacrifice in the lives of mothers. 

 

Living out oneness with Christ in crucifixion, burial and resurrection only adds to that inborn spirit of self-sacrifice in mothers.