• Kent Brandenburg

"Thy Mother": Mother's Day

The two words “thy mother” are found together four times in the book of Proverbs, which mentions motherhood quite a few times.

Proverbs 1:8, “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother.”

Proverbs 6:20, “My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother.”

Proverbs 23:22, “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is

old.”

Proverbs 23:25, “Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice.”

These verses give a great sample as to the worth or value of the mother according to God’s Word. The first two are identical on the mother. God commands the son, “forsake not the law of thy mother.” The assumption here is that the mother’s law is God’s law, His Word. She tells her children what they need to hear, that is of God and in His will. The son is to keep that. It’s simple. Will he or won’t he. It really does simplify a life. Listen to your mom, her laws, which are God’s, and do what she says. Obviously, he was to hearken to his father too, but the mother is given a special place. Later, Proverbs says, despise not thy mother when she is old, as if that was a possibility. It not only is, but older children can and do begin to despise their mothers. In God’s hierarchy this is warned against. Let’s think about these powerful instructions always and especially on Mother’s Day.

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