Today we read about three notable mothers who were given recognition by God and recorded in the Bible. For those who do not know, the Bible is a book of God written by God. The names and lives recorded are important. They are meant to be noted. (“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Eve, the first mother: She was the first mentioned. In terms of motherhood, she failed the first round. The first son Cain killed the second son Abel and was banished by God. She learned the lesson and made a success in the second round, producing Seth, the godly son who started the godly line of mankind. He bore the son Enosh, Then men began to call on the name of the Lord. (Read Genesis 4 for the whole record). She thus was recognized as the mother of mankind.
Sarah, the second mother: She took a long time to have her own son so she made a big mistake in thinking that her foreign maid could bear a son for her and her husband. She later had her own son as promised by God. But she also corrected her mistake and took the decisive action of faith to tell her husband that God only promised that her own son would be heir for the inheritance in the kingdom of God. Her husband obeyed and thus fulfilled the plan of God. She was duly recognized for her faith.
Rebecca, the third mother: she was noted for asking and hearing God and believing God’s words. She enquired of God about her pregnancy problem and God answered her. Unlike her husband Isaac, she believed in what God said that in the womb, the two twins were already separated into two nations and people, and the older would serve the younger. When the twin came out indeed they had entirely different characters. (Genesis 25:22-24) The older son Esau was described in the Bible as fornicator or profane, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. (Hebrews 12:16-17) The younger son Jacob continued the godly lineage started by Seth and became one of the ancestor of the elect people of God, the children of Israel.
(Genesis 25:27-28 So the boys grew. And Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. 28 And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.) Because a woman had no say in her home her older son was allowed to marry two foreign ungodly women causing family strife. Seeing her husband’s carnal preference for the ungodly older son, Rebecca decided to take action in her hand to help her second son to gain ascendency, to receive the spiritual blessing the father would give to the first born son. She paid a hefty price: her beloved son, Jacob, had to escape to a distant land after the event to avoid being killed by Esau. By the time Jacob returned Rebecca had already died. But history proved that Jacob indeed fulfilled what God had promised even when he was in the womb of Rebecca.