God as a Mother in the Bible

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Okay… first… this goes along with the post today. Second, I am not saying that ‘God is a girl’ by any means. Now, if you want to get embarrassed, ask yourself what make a man a man and a woman a woman? A mother that weans must have what? Do you really see God having these characteristics? Oh, is the language of the Divine the best that He could use to tell us of Himself? Have we engendered the Only True God in such a way that makes us embarrassed when we think of that it must necessary entail?

I use the Masculine when speaking of God because Scripture does. I use the Feminine when speaking of Wisdom and am neutral when it comes to the Spirit, but I have to wonder why so many actually get disturbed when they hear ‘he’ in reference to God? Think about for just a few minutes, blush a bit, and then go back to reading the Scripture sans our ‘enlightened’ understanding of the gender of the divine. When we focus on the gender of the Deity, we really should start to wonder what that must necessarily entail…

Hosea 11:3-4 God described as a mother

I myself taught Israel how to walk, leading him along by the hand. But he doesn’t know or even care that it was I who took care of him. I led Israel along with my ropes of kindness and love. I lifted the yoke from his neck, and I myself stooped to feed him.

Hosea 13:8 God described as a mother bear

Like a bear whose cubs have been taken away, I will tear out your heart. I will devour you like a hungry lioness and mangle you like a wild animal.

Deuteronomy 32:11-12 God described as a mother eagle

Like an eagle that rouses her chicks and hovers over her young, so he spread his wings to take them up and carried them safely on his pinions.

Deuteronomy 32:18 God who gives birth

You neglected the Rock who had fathered you; you forgot the God who had given you birth.

Isaiah 66:13 God as a comforting mother

I will comfort you there in Jerusalem as a mother comforts her child.”

Isaiah 49:15 God compared to a nursing mother

Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!

Isaiah 42:14 God as a woman in labor

He will say, “I have long been silent; yes, I have restrained myself. But now, like a woman in labor, I will cry and groan and pant.

Psalm 131:2 God as a Mother

Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

There are other verses in which God in the Old Testament is portrayed motherly, as Christ is over Jerusalem. Yet, I doubt seriously thought that Christ was gender-bending when He spoke those words of motherly concern over Jerusalem.

I can see it now…

Thomas: ‘Guys, look, I was okay with Jesus thinking he was the Son of God,  but this mother stuff? Oh come on…!’

Phillip: ‘Yeah, maybe I should have asked him to show me the mother!’

Peter: With a club, bashes heads because of the immaturity of his friends.

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3 Replies to “God as a Mother in the Bible”

  1. In some recordings of Hillsong’s ‘Mighty to Save’ it sounds like the vocalists are sometimes singing the chorus as “My God is mighty to save, she is mighty to save, forever author of salvation, she rose and conquered the grave, Jesus conquered the grave”. It’s either very exaggerated sibilance (but not sure how you turn a H into an S), my hearing is defective (likely), or they are indicating the gender of God is both.

  2. How does ‘God as a Mother’ fit it in with the wide held belief that sees Mary as: the Mother of Jesus – God the Son, and as the Daughter of God the Father, and the Spouse of the Holy Spirit?

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