“For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” – Luke 14:11
In the Gospel of Matthew, it begins with the genealogy of Jesus. You might notice that only a few mothers are mentioned in it. What was so special about these mothers---what was so noble and godly about these women that they received an “honorable mention”?
Let’s begin with Tamar. Who was Tamar? What did she do that was so noble? Tamar was Judah’s daughter-in-law who’d been married to two of his three sons (first one died, so she married the other, as was Jewish law & he died as well). Judah, I believe, was almost superstitiously afraid to give his remaining son to Tamar as he was supposed to, to carry on the dead son’s name, so Tamar thought up a clever plan (sound familiar? Think Jochebed & Naomi!), dressed as a prostitute & tricked Judah into sleeping with her. She got pregnant (as she had planned) so she’d carry on Judah’s son’s name. Yes, she did the righteous thing in God’s sight! She was resourceful, but most importantly, she was obedient to God.
Next is Rahab. She was a prostitute and a foreigner, yet she hid the Israelite spies on her rooftop and she feared God, so she protected His people, and most importantly, feared God!
Ruth we learned about from my blog on her mother-in-law, Naomi. Ruth was a foreigner as well. I believe God honored Ruth because she forsook her gods and land to seek the one true God, and she obeyed her mother-in-law without question, who was carrying out God’s plan. So Ruth was humble and she turned form her idols to serve God.
And of course, Mary is mentioned, which I spoke of yesterday, of her humility, her quite contemplative spirit and her wisdom.
I pray for all of us mommies, that we would be worthy of an “honorable mention” because of our godly virtues we possess, and the greatest thing in all of this is to love & obey God…and the rest will follow.