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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5719 mothers, responsibilities of
5719 mothers, responsibilities of

5719 mothers, responsibilities of

The fundamental importance of motherhood is recognised throughout Scripture.

Motherhood and childbirth

God plans happiness for women in motherhood Ps 113:9

The need for a mother’s cleansing after childbirth See also Lev 12:1-8; Lk 2:22-24

A mother’s relationship with her children

A mother loves and cares for her children 1Th 2:7 Paul’s statement assumes that a mother’s normal attitude towards her child is one of love and care. See also Lk 2:48

A mother’s role as teacher Pr 1:8 See also Pr 6:20; 2Ti 1:5

The responsibility to discipline children Pr 29:15

The joy or sorrow of parents at their children’s conduct

Pr 10:1 See also Pr 23:25

The negative influence of some mothers upon their children

2Ch 22:3 See also Ge 27:5-17; 1Ki 22:52; Mt 14:6-8; Mt 20:20-22

Children’s reponsibility to honour their parents

Ex 20:12 pp Dt 5:16 “Honour” implies respect, obedience and care for the parents’needs. See also Lev 19:3; Mt 19:19 pp Mk 10:19 pp Lk 18:20; Eph 6:1-3

This honour is due especially to mothers in old age Pr 23:22

Penalties for disobeying parents

Ex 21:15,17; Dt 21:18-21; Pr 20:20; Mt 15:4-6 pp Mk 7:10-13

Sexual relations with one’s mother or mother-in-law are forbidden

Lev 18:7; Dt 27:23

Upon marriage the mother-child relationship becomes secondary

Ge 2:24 See also Mt 19:5 pp Mk 10:7; Eph 5:31

Care for a mother-in-law

Ru 2:11 See also Mt 8:14-15 pp Mk 1:29-31 pp Lk 4:38

The ministry of Jesus Christ may produce conflict within families

Lk 12:53 pp Mt 10:35-36

Following Jesus Christ involves a commitment to him even deeper than love of one’s parents

Mt 10:37 See also Lk 14:26

Jesus Christ regards those who do God’s will as his own family

Mt 12:49-50 pp Mk 3:31-35 pp Lk 8:19-21 See also Mt 19:29 pp Mk 10:29 pp Lk 18:29-30

See also

5218authority in home
5668children, responsibilities to parents
8209commitment to Christ
8287joy, experience
8299love in relationships

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