At first glance these two pictures may look like the scribblings or doodlings of a child, but they make up two characters in the Hebrew Language that reflect a direct picture of what Yah designed a Mother to be. Unlike our Greek inspired English language which focuses on what we think, Hebrew language is based on what we do. It is in this understanding that many of us can relate more to Hebrew scriptures that appear from a Greek perspective to be an oxymoron, yet from a functional point of view make perfect sense. For instance, in my previous post I mentioned several scriptures and one in particular seem to contradict itself.
(Psa 113:9) He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.
How is it possible that a barren woman can be a joyful mother? In English it would make little sense, since in our language the birthing of a child and a mother is synonymous. We have created compound terms to identify the exception to this rule, i.e. stepmother, adopted mother, etc… However, by understanding the language of the bible we will gain an even greater understanding of this term as Yah intended. The characters above represent the first and thirteenth character of the Hebrew Alephbet.
Aleph (equivalent to “A” in English) is the first character of the Hebrew Aleph Bet and if you have a KJV bible as well as possibly many others you can turn to the 119th Psalm there you will find as the subheading of every eight verses all twenty two characters listed either in modern Hebrew or its English equivalent name. Unlike English letters Hebrew characters double as having its own numeric value, they are names with meanings, they have an abstract as well as a concrete meaning, and when placed together with other characters paints a picture of the function of the word. This character is the picture of an ox’s head and since an ox is considered a strong servant its meaning is strength. It also stands for first.
Mem (M) is the thirteenth character of the Hebrew Aleph Bet and the numeric value for mem is forty. Since water was the method of punishment Yah chose to judge the earth by water has been associated by the Hebrew people as that which produced chaos. Hence, one of the meanings of this word is chaos, but its primary usage applies to any liquid including blood. The character itself is that of a wave and therefore would by extension apply to waves of any kind including, sound waves, light waves, etc…
One of the most covalent bonds for producing glue is found in the substance water when we take that in consideration in understanding the function of the word (am) which is “Mother” in Hebrew we see something amazing concerning our purpose. A mother is one who represents “strong glue”. As we all know glue holds things together, and likewise a mother is one who holds the family together. One doesn’t have to give birth to a child in order to have that quality, one just needs to know who they are in Christ, which is revealed by His word, and walk in that role in order to be one. The contentious woman tares down her home with her hands, but a mother builds her home with her heart.
(Pro 21:19) It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
(Pro 27:15) A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
Hence, to be a mother in the Hebrew sense reveals that you don’t take part in strife and division within the family, but rather you search for ways to bring the family together. You look for, “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.“(Php 4:8) Because the beat of your heart is to find that place of peace and your greatest desire is that those you love will be in that place too. You hate the things the Father hates, as He said,
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Pro 6:16-19)
Why does a mother hate these things? Because every one of the things on this list causes division amongst family, and a mother is one who is all about unity, all about gathering to fellowship at the table, all about bringing health and wholeness to those she love. This isn’t merely something she does, this is who she is. Therefore, she will build, and encourage, strengthen, and inspire, and if necessary correct you if she knows you can do better, or your actions will lead to that which she hates which is disunity, and she will do so in that loving manner that only a mother can. If the voice of the mother is silenced by taking on the headache of having to compete in the dog eat dog world of the man, and if her function of keeping the family together is not met, then who will meet it? What will happen to the family? Without a mother to keep the family together and without a father there to be the strength of a house the only thing we can produce is weak and divided homes, reproducing after themselves. I want to leave you with these questions to ponder in this post. As a mother is the life that I am living before my children bringing unity to the family or division? Am I building my home with the strength of the Father’s Love or tearing it down with the lust of my own desires? Are the desires of my heart all about me or are they about helping others reach greatness with me? Just as in giving birth a mother has to know when to push (pray until something happens) and when to breathe (exhale, knowing that only in Yah’s timing will the necessary shift occur).