Where and when did Mother’s Day started?
From Britannica…. “Anna Jarvis of Philadelphia, whose mother had organized women’s groups to promote friendship and health, originated Mother’s Day. On May 12, 1907, she held a memorial service at her late mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia. Within five years virtually every state was observing the day, and in 1914 U.S. Pres. Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday.
Although Jarvis had promoted the wearing of a white carnation as a tribute to one’s mother, the custom developed of wearing a red or pink carnation to represent a living mother or a white carnation for a mother who was deceased.
Over time the day was expanded to include others, such as grandmothers and aunts, who played mothering roles. What had originally been primarily a day of honour became associated with the sending of cards and the giving of gifts, however, and, in protest against its commercialization, Jarvis spent the last years of her life trying to abolish the holiday she had brought into being.
Festivals honouring mothers and mother goddesses date to ancient times. The Phrygians held a festival for Cybele, the Great Mother of the Gods, as did the Greeks for the goddess Rhea. Likewise, the Romans adapted the practice to their own pantheon. Some countries have continued to observe ancient festivals; for example, Durga-puja, honouring the goddess Durga, remains an important festival in India.”
I am not saying that Mother’s Day has demonic connections to the gods of this world, however, we can see that man will pervert anything he gets his hands on. Just like when satan wanted to “…exalt my throne above the stars of God.” When he wanted to “be like the Most High” (see Isaiah 14:12-17).
Nonetheless. We see that the leaked memo hit the hornet’s nest.
On Mother’s Day, abortion groups will protest at Catholic Churches. They will protest at all of the conservative justices homes. On Mother’s Day.
This indicated that the decision to leak the memo was well thought out. The timing was well thought out because the usual proponents of abortion organized themselves almost seamlessly.
The person was deliberate, thoughtful, and allegedly thorough. This was well planned but now the justices must prove that they’re not intimidated and they must expose this person or persons, and refer it to the left winged DOJ.
Imagine the audacity to do this just before Mother’s Day.
Life comes from God.
Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJV) “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
Genesis 2:7 (NKJV) “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”
Genesis 2:20-25 (NKJV) “So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.
And Adam said:
“This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”
In the order of the Lord, the male was made first, then the female.
1 Timothy 2:13 (NKJV) “For Adam was formed first, then Eve.”
The Lord Jesus said in Matthew 19:4-6 (NKJV) “And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”
It’s not surprising that Mother’s Day comes before Father’s Day.
It’s crosswise of the order that the Lord set.
Romans 1:24-27 (NKJV) “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.”
You see. Whenever there’s disorder, there’s confusion.
1 Corinthians 11:3-4 (NKJV) “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”
This includes that the head of the wife is the husband.
It may be a very difficult saying to handle, but when we reason against God’s order, we run afoul of God. Remember. He is God. He holds our breath in His hand and He owns all of our ways.
Genesis 3:16 (NKJV) “To the woman He said:
“I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.”
This doesn’t give the husband permission to treat a wife like a slave. To abuse her. To mistreat her. To viciously rule her like property. It doesn’t give man permission for domestic violence or sexual abuse. Evil and wickedness isn’t the point of ruling over her.
The word “rule” means “to have dominion.”
To have dominion includes to establish boundaries. The boundaries are not meant to destroy her will. It’s meant to protect her from things that will destroy the nucleus of the family. In other words, not to let things get beyond control.
What took place in the Garden, took place because Adam allowed Eve to exceed the boundary established by God. It was up to Adam to keep Eve safe from going beyond the boundary.
As long as Adam kept the command of God, death would stay far from them.
Fences are there for a reason. It’s a boundary. As long as you stay on the other side of the fence, there’s no issues. The moment you climb the fence, there’s an issue.
As long as rule is established, the wife should feel safe and secure. Confident that her husband has your best interest in mind, and that he would never do or say anything to disrupt the family.
His love for the wife is to be the same as Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for her.
Ephesians 5:22-33 (NKJV) “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.”
When a husband gives himself, his job is very clear. To make provision. You see. That’s why we say “grace” because God provided. The man doesn’t provide apart from God, whether saved or unsaved. God provides for even the cruelest of sinners.
However, with sinners, unthankfulness and pride always comes to an end.
But for the saved, we recognize that all things come from God, and without Him, we would never make it.
So the husband proves his love for his wife by two things.
Protection and provision.
So we’ve established 4 things.
1. Life comes from God. 2. Order comes from God. 3. Protection comes from God. and 4. Provision comes from God.
So when we get married, God will take care of us.
He takes care of the birds. He takes care of the flowers (see Matthew 6:25-34).
When another life comes as a result of marriage, we must never take it upon ourselves that we can’t keep a child. To murder a child deprives the child of life. It’s a battle that came from satan. We were made in God’s image and to take a life is heinous.
This Mother’s Day, though out of order in terms of the fact that man was created first, then Eve, remember that we were conceived. We have no right to violently take the life of another because of inconvenience.
In your judgment, you had no “inconvenience” in having sex.
So why is it “inconvenient” to keep a life?
You’ve fornicated or committed adultery. Sex wasn’t an “inconvenience.” So a child was conceived. The child pays with his or her life for your convenience of sin? The child is an “inconvenience?” We all know that the possibility of pregnancy is there when we engage in sex.
See how depraved the excuse of “inconvenience” is?
Why should a child pay with his or her life because of your declaration of “inconvenience?”
The male is supposed to protect and provide. Once another life is produced, he must step in and do what God has designed him to do.
And Eve must do what she’s designed by God to do.
Genesis 3:17-20 (NKJV) “Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:
“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”
And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.“
Finally, in the verses above, we see that Adam is to work and Eve is to give birth.
Eve is the “mother of all living.” Not killing.
That’s why even in abortion, she will feel that something is missing. Postpartum.
Yes, because Adam listened to her wife to eat of the tree, his penalty is to work with sweat. Her penalty is to give birth in great pain, sorrow multiplied.
These two things reminds us of the command that God gave to Adam. And the penalty is to return to the dust from which we came.
Earth to earth. Ashes to ashes. Dust to dust.
But thank God for the Second Adam.
The Lord Jesus Christ.