Isaiah 49:15-16 (KJV) “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”

Having just celebrated another “Mother’s Day,” I felt led by the Holy Spirit to draw attention to the Love of God. Once upon a time, the thought of a mother forsaking her child was an absurd one!  For centuries, it was practically unheard of – that a mother would forsake or forget her child!

We read of how God protected Moses when Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew midwives to kill all newborn male babies. The midwives feared God more than Pharaoh; therefore, they correctly disobeyed Pharaoh and “saved the men children alive” (Exodus 1:17). The Hebrew population continued to grow, so Pharaoh ordered all the Jews to cast every male child into the river (Exodus 1:22).

I don’t know whether any of the Hebrew women obeyed Pharaoh or not, but I do know that the mother of Moses did not obey.  Her fear of God, and her love for her son, gave her the courage to trust God.  The name of Moses’ mother was “Jochebed” (Numbers 26:59).  Her name literally meant, “Jehovah – Glorified.”  God truly was glorified with the actions and attitude of love that the mother of Moses showed toward her son!

God honored Jochebed’s faith and love for her son by saving Moses alive and placing him into the household of Pharaoh; and, God made it possible for Jochebed to continue to influence her son’s life while “paying her for it!” (Exodus 2:5-10).

I know this is an extraordinary story in Scripture.  BUT, God intended for a “mother’s love” for her children to be an example of His unconditional, everlasting love.

Another extraordinary story of a “mother’s love” is found in 1 Kings 3:16-28. Many teachers refer to this Scriptural setting primarily as evidence of the wisdom Solomon possessed.  However, I believe it is presented to exemplify a “mother’s love” that manifests the Love of God.

You will recall the story – two “harlots,” each of whom had given birth within three days of one another, came before King Solomon’s Court.  One child was dead, and the mother of the living child was charging the other woman for stealing her child.  Solomon called for a sword to be brought so that the living child could be cut in half.  The “real” mother immediately spoke up and pleaded for King Solomon to spare the child and give it to the “liar.”  You see, her love prompted her to give her child away, rather than see her child killed.

BUT, the “false” mother pleaded for King Solomon to divide the child and give half to each mother.  She did NOT have a “mother’s love;” for, she would rather see this child cut in half rather than for the “real” mother to have her child and she be without one.

Now, please keep in mind that both women were harlots.  They were neither mothers from the societal elite, nor of the socially acceptable.  Nonetheless, they were mothers!  One was a mother who had a “natural affection,” and the other did not.  I do account that grief will cause many to do things they would not ordinarily do.  BUT, I believe God placed an extraordinary ability to love in the heart of women.  Only a heart that is influenced by the powers of darkness, or otherwise “unnatural,” would make the choice the “lying” mother did!

Many mothers who love their children, but who realize they are unable to provide the appropriate nurture and nourishment their children deserve, choose to give their children to other “mothers” with the hope their children will be loved and prosper.  It takes a great amount of love and courage to do this!

Note: Can we not understand that the Satanic attack on the unborn is his attempt to discredit the Love of God?

I don’t know if you ever thought about what God did for us when He chose to cast our first parents, Adam and Eve, out of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:22-24). He was both Mother and Father to Adam and Eve.  He provided their nature, nurture, and nourishment.  They were safe in His Direct, Divine Care.  BUT, Adam and Eve sinned – they rejected God’s Perfect Plan!

God had a choice to make.  He could keep them in the Garden of Eden where they could possibly eat of the “Tree of Life” and live forever in a “fallen” condition, OR He could cast them out of the Garden where they would be exposed to the elements of their “fallenness,” and ultimately be redeemed and restored when He gave His Only Begotten Son to die for them (and us)!

Adam and Eve had NOT discovered the “Tree of Life” prior to their fall.  Obviously, God had hidden it from them until after they had been “tested.”  God knew that if He allowed them to stay in the Garden, they would eventually discover the “Tree of Life,” and they would be forever “sealed” in their fallen condition.  So, God sent them (us) out, and then He worked His Plan to send the “Tree of Life,” Jesus Christ of Nazareth, to lost humanity!! Praise the Lord!!

God did NOT, and He will NOT forget His children! Obviously, since the fall of Adam and Eve, many “mothers” have forgotten their children.  That is why He prompted Isaiah to say, “Can a woman forget her sucking child…? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.”  He made a statement that was meant to encourage and enrich each of us – “Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.”

You see, it was the custom in the days of Isaiah’s writing, that men would tattoo the names, or the depiction, of their gods on the palms of their hands.  This was done to remind them who they belonged to and who they were to serve.  It was a “forever” statement from which they could not turn away.

God reminds us today that He has each of us “engraved” upon His Hands.

He wants us to remember that His Love…

  • Wraps us in His care and compassion. His hands are larger than ours; therefore, He will carry our burdens to lighten our load.1 Peter 5:6-7 (KJV) “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

He wants us to remember that His Love…

  • Works on our behalf. His Hands formed us, and creation is His handiwork.Psalm 8:3 (KJV) “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;”Psalm 19:1 (KJV) “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

He wants us to remember that His Love…

  • Warns us when we need correction. Our God is NOT abusive!  He chastens us only to correct us.  He will not let go of us!Hebrews 12:6 (KJV) “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”

Yes, there are mothers who might forget their children.  But, our God says, “I Shall Not Forget!