I recently visited a church with all women except the pastor and one man. I am told they are all either grandmothers or mothers. The youths are all girls. Where are the men and boys? I ask. They are too busy to come to church, someone mutters.
Often we human read about and focus on the main character (usually a man even in a modern society) himself in a story. We forget that he has a mother and a grandmother. Perhaps they are hidden away from the limelight, or confined to the housekeeping side. Perhaps many are not given the opportunities that Jesus has given to Mary and many women who are bold and financially independent enough to follow Him openly and travel with Him. The Holy Spirit however sees differently. The Lord singles out two women and mentions their names too.
These two women are: a Jewish grandmother and a mother.
Where they live: in ancient civilized Greek society under the rule of the powerful Roman empire.
Where are they mentioned and commended for? In the Bible (a book about God and God’s plan for human) which is often mistaken to be a book of male chauvinism.
What have they done, other than procreation and housekeeping? They are not mentioned for these roles. They are commended for something rather unusual.
Yes, amazingly they are commended for a responsibility traditionally reserved for men. They have Christian faith and have taught their grandson and son the same belief and faith too. Not only that, they have become role models to their descendants and other Christians. Paul reminds Timothy (AD17-AD97), a young disciple of Paul, and a pastor who later becomes the first bishop of Ephesus, to have the same strong faith as the two women-his mother Eunice and grandmother Lois-who are noted as eminent for their piety, faith and teaching Timothy the Scriptures. Timothy is said to have been acquainted with the Scriptures since childhood. How do these two women do it? By faith and love in the Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit in them. Power, love and self discipline.
Where would we be without godly and Scriptures loving grandmothers and mothers?
Paul says to Timothy: (2 Timothy 1:5-8)
5 I remember your genuine faith, for you share the faith that first filled your grandmother Lois and your mother, Eunice. And I know that same faith continues strong in you. 6 This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
8 So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord…
13 Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me—a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus. 14 Through the power of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard the precious truth that has been entrusted to you…