The Lord who hears the cries of pleading mothers

File:Navez Agar et Ismaël.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
HAGAR AND ISHMAEL

When we talk about our Lord, we can easily say, one who is full of mercy and love. He loves us even more than our own mother. The Bible teaches us that our Lord is full of love, mercy and compassion.He is one who hears our cries and answers them. Let us see some examples.

1.EVE:The first mother we know was Eve. The first tears ever shed also have to Eve’s. Her older son Cain killed the younger son Abel. She must cried out of broken heart. She is one who knows and has experienced the anger of Heavenly Father. She must have cried heart wrenchingly since she very well knew that the punishment for murder would be severe. Our Lord did not sentence Cain to death. Not only that, He said that if anyone lay his hand on Cain, he will be punished seven times over. Genesis 4:15,15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 

2.HAGAR: Sarah sent out her servant, Hagar and her son into the desert not wanting to share inheritance of her son with them. She wandered with her son in the desert of Beersheba. The water that she carried soon got finished. She lay her son under one of the bushes, unable to see the death of her own child and cried out to the Lord. Her tears did not go in vain. Genesis 21:15-19, 15 When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. 16 Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob. 17 God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”19 Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.

3.MOSES’ MOTHER: The Egyptian Pharaoh gave order to midwives to kill all the sons born to Hebrew women. How painful can you imagine? Moses’s mother hid him for three months. Exodus 2:3, But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. To place a three month old child into a river, can you imagine the pain and tears that mother must have experienced. The Lord who sees everything saw the mother and child too. Pharaoh’s daughter came to the river for a swim. The servant girls saw the basket floating in the river and brought the basket to the princess. Exodus 21:5-6, Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said. She took him in to the palace where he grew up safely.

4.Canaanite woman : Matthew 15:22, 22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.” Seeing her faith and tears, our ever merciful Lord healed her daughter of the demons.

5. Widow’s son: Luke 7:11-13, 11 Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.” Here we do not read that the mother asked Jesus to bring back her son. Rather the all knowing Lord, knew she was a widow and the son was her only hope. Jesus was filled with compassion on seeing the tears and so he raised the son back from dead and handed over to the mother.

Our Lord does not only feel compassion when he sees mothers, but He is pained when He sees the pain of those who love Him, especially sisters. John 11:33-35, 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.“Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. Seeing the tears of the sisters, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.

There are some different type of mothers also than those mentioned above. If not mine then you too won’t have it. Mothers who have swallowed motherhood whole. 1 Kings 3:16-28, 16 Now two prostitutes came to the king and stood before him. 17 One of them said, “Pardon me, my lord. This woman and I live in the same house, and I had a baby while she was there with me. 18 The third day after my child was born, this woman also had a baby. We were alone; there was no one in the house but the two of us.

19 “During the night this woman’s son died because she lay on him. 20 So she got up in the middle of the night and took my son from my side while I your servant was asleep. She put him by her breast and put her dead son by my breast. 21 The next morning, I got up to nurse my son—and he was dead! But when I looked at him closely in the morning light, I saw that it wasn’t the son I had borne.”

22 The other woman said, “No! The living one is my son; the dead one is yours.” But the first one insisted, “No! The dead one is yours; the living one is mine.” And so they argued before the king.

23 The king said, “This one says, ‘My son is alive and your son is dead,’ while that one says, ‘No! Your son is dead and mine is alive.’”

24 Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword for the king. 25 He then gave an order: “Cut the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other.”

26 The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!”But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”

27 Then the king gave his ruling: “Give the living baby to the first woman. Do not kill him; she is his mother.”

This incident in the Bible raises the question: What happened to motherhood? Let us ask ourselves a question: Do we shed tears for our children?? We read in the Bible that Lazarus’ sister fell on the feet of Jesus and cried, John 11:32, When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Are our tears powerful enough to move our Lord??? Mothers and sisters let us pray for our future generation with tearful prayers from the heart. May our children be the beacon of light to this generation going astray.

In Luke 23:28, 28 Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children, we read Jesus telling mothers to cry for their children. In AD 70, the Jews got scattered after His crucifixion. The Lord knew what was to come and hence warned the mothers before hand. In truth, we need mothers today to cry for the generation today. Mothers and sisters, let us cry for our children in prayer. Let us remember this generation and pray for them with tears. May our prayers be as powerful as that of Hannah, 1 Samuel 1:12-14, 12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.” May our prayers also be like her, drunk in faith and full of pain.

AMEN.

File:Frauenberg 030.jpg - Wikimedia Commons
SOLOMON AND THE TWO MOTHERS

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: