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Mothers as a symbol

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Motherhood is used in Scripture to illustrate the relationship between God and his people, to describe certain aspects of Israel and also to explain the difference between the two covenants.

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God’s tender care for his children is like a mother’s

God’s care like that of a mother bird

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God never forgets his children

Isaiah 49:15 LEB
Can a woman forget her suckling, refrain from having compassion on the child of her womb? Indeed, these may forget, but I, I will not forget you!

Becoming a Christian is like birth

John 3:5–6 LEB
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless someone is born of water and spirit, he is not able to enter into the kingdom of God. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.

The believer trusts God as a weaned child trusts his or her mother

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Israel pictured as a mother

Ezekiel 16:44–45 LEB
Look! Everyone quoting a proverb against you, he will quote, saying, ‘Like her mother is her daughter!’ You are a daughter of your mother who abhorred her husband and her children, and you are a sister of your sisters who abhorred their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite, and your father was an Amorite.
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Mothers as symbols of the old and new covenants

Galatians 4:21–28 LEB
Tell me, you who are wanting to be under the law, do you not understand the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the female slave and one by the free woman. But the one by the female slave was born according to human descent, and the one by the free woman through the promise, which things are spoken allegorically, for these women are two covenants, one from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery, who is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is a slave with her children. But the Jerusalem above is free, which is our mother. For it is written, “Rejoice, O barren woman, who does not give birth to children; burst out and shout, you who do not have birth pains, because many are the children of the desolate woman, even more than those of the one who has a husband.” But you, brothers, are children of the promise, just as Isaac.
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