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Dictionary of Bible Themes – 5721 mothers, as a symbol
5721 mothers, as a symbol

5721 mothers, as a symbol

Motherhood is used in Scripture to illustrate the relationship between God and his people, to describe certain aspects of Israel and also to explain the difference between the two covenants.

God’s tender care for his children is like a mother’s

God’s care like that of a mother bird Dt 32:11; Mt 23:37 pp Lk 13:34

God never forgets his children Isa 49:15

Becoming a Christian is like birth Jn 3:5-6

The believer trusts God as a weaned child trusts his or her mother See also Ps 131:1-2; Isa 66:13

Israel pictured as a mother

Eze 16:44-45 See also Isa 50:1; Isa 54:1; Isa 66:7-13; Eze 16:3; Eze 19:2,10; Hos 2:2-13

Mothers as symbols of the old and new covenants

Gal 4:21-28

See also

1040God, fatherhood
1215God, feminine descriptions
1345covenant
6728regeneration
7135Israel, people of God
7241Jerusalem, significance
8031trust, importance

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