This week we are warned that radical insurrectionists plan to disrupt houses of worship for 8 days, starting on Mother’s Day. These antagonists are stirred up because of the possibilities of the Supreme Court overturning Roe Vs. Wade. They’ve decided to take it out on some named people groups, one being Christian mothers being honored on Mother’s Day.
Those who yell out their provocative chants about their rights to abort their babies need to understand who they are yelling that in front of. Those ladies are being honored for their individual roles of birthing, raising and loving the rest of us (including the anarchists disparaging them).
Their pastors, husbands, brothers and sons have read what Nehemiah said so long ago, “…“Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (Neh 4:14, NIV).
Nehemiah was raised on learning of the noble exploits of the great ladies in his ancestry.
One would have been Rizpah who represents the love of a real mother. The government of her time declared her sons to be killed as retribution for acts of their late father (King Saul). Rizpah, nor her sons (Armoni and Mephibosheth) had any say in the matter. It was a non-negotiable decree.
It was further ordered that their executed bodies be exposed on a hill. In the Hebrew tradition, to not bury the body and leave it exposed for the birds, beasts and nature to tear apart, was the ultimate symbol of dishonor. In this case, a piercing final jab at Rizpah.
Rizpah however, laid a bed of sackloth (typically black goat haired garments) beside the bodies of her sons and for months, “did not let the birds touch them by day or the wild animals by night.” (2 Samuel 21:10, NIV).
When the king later learned of the undying love and devotion of this broken mother, he ordered that the remains of her sons be taken and buried with honor beside their father.
Think about that.
Rizpah did not do what she did to get mentioned in the scriptures. She did it because of love for her children.
Rizpah symbolizes the pure love of a genuine mother.
The pro-abortion agitation symbolizes pure hate.
We are moved by, and honored to protect, those selfless ladies being celebrated on Mother’s Day.