Bible Commentary: “Mother’s Day”

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“Moreover his mother used to make him a little robe, and bring it to him year by year when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.” (1 Samuel 2:19 NKJV)

Today is Mother’s Day and we would like to pay tribute to all the women who are Mothers or who one day will be Mothers. Where would we be without our mothers? It is our mothers who raise us and nurture us.  When we are sick or in crisis it is our mothers who we cry out for. For all the mothers The Word Of Encouragement team would like to say we honor and respect you for the terrific work you do day in and day out.

Hannah was a woman who was barren. She was one of two wives to a man named Elkanah and the other woman gave him children. So Hannah had grief in her spirit because she could not produce children for her husband and then her grief was doubled because the other woman could and that woman provoked her on this account. So one day as she was alone at the temple in Shiloh she poured out all her grief to God. “Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head” (1 Samuel 1:11 NKJV). After a discussion with Eli, the high priest, Eli blessed her, “Eli answered, ” Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition which you have asked of Him” (1 Samuel 1:17 NKJV).

Hannah left Shiloh with her husband and they returned to their home in Ramah where they were intimate, ” Then they rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned and came to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So it came to pass in the process of time that Hannah conceived and bore a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked for him from the Lord” (1 Samuel 1:19-20 NKJV). When Samuel was weaned she brought him to Eli at Shiloh and left the boy with him there.

But just because she dedicated the boy to the Lord and left him in the care of Eli, the high priest at Shiloh, did not mean that she was not the mother of Samuel. Every year, when the time of sacrifice came, Hannah and Elkanah came from Ramah to Shiloh to sacrifice and every year Hannah made him a robe to wear. “Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice” (1 Samuel 2:19 NIV). Think about that for a moment. Hannah only saw her first-born son once a year so she really had no idea of how fast or how tall he was growing until she saw him. Yet every year she made him a robe to replace the one from the following year that he had outgrown. Each year, to prepare for her visit with her son, she estimated his rate of growth from the previous year and how much he would grow for another year and made a robe that he would only use for one year and she did it faithfully each and every year. It was a unique robe, one of a kind, and it was hand-made with love.

Child of God – Just like Hannah made special robes for her son God makes special robes for us, ” After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands” (Revelation 7:9 NKJV). All before the throne were wearing white robes made clean by the washing in the blood of the Lamb. There is no greater love than a mother except that of God toward us.

Our prayer:
Lord, thank you for cleansing my robes by the power of your blood. You have clothed me with your righteousness and I am a new creature in you. You have honored me and taking me to a place that is higher than I. And is not that I deserve any of this but for your great love for me. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer for the first time or if you have any questions please contact us. We would love to hear from you.


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