Forsake not the law of thy mother

My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law (torah) of thy mother: Proverbs 1:8

My son, keep thy father’s commandment, and forsake not the law (torah) of thy mother: Proverbs 6:20

The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy (utterance) that his mother taught him. Proverbs 31:1

Although a woman’s primary role is homemaker and raising children, the latter goes beyond simply teaching one’s child manners and behavior, even for a son.  These verses in Proverbs make it clear that a mother commands a certain respect even from a son.    In fact, the Bible tells one to honor your mother and your father.    Leviticus 19:3 says that a man should fear his mother.

Although women are considered the weaker vessel and are placed under the leadership of their husbands, mothers do have a role in instructing their sons in what is right.  Jesus Himself heeded Mary when she asked him to do something about the wine shortage at the Wedding at Cana.  Though He indicated it wasn’t yet time, he listened to her and performed his first miracle.  Bathsheba advised Solomon.

Mothers hold a special place of honor in the life of her children, whether male or female.  In fact, Paul said that the first commandment with promise was that if one wanted to have long life, one would honor both his parents.    The father deserves honor and respect for providing and protecting his family, instructing his family in the ways of God, but mothers are also deserving of honor.  The following verses indicate that the mother is to be honored: Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16, Matthew 15:4 & 6, Matthew 19:19, Mark 7:10, Mark 10:19, Luke 18:20 and Ephesians 6:2.    Honour is defined as highly respect or esteem.

In the lineage of kings throughout Kings and Chronicles, the mothers of kings are typically mentioned.   In 2 Kings 9:22, Jehu brings up Jezebel, the wicked grandmother (the verse says mother) of King Joram (Jehoram) as an evil impact on the king.  So, we see that mothers can have significant impact on a person’s life (including sons) for either good or bad.

Special mention should be made of the statement of the Apostle Paul regarding the impact of Christian women in the lives of their children.  Paul says in 2 Timothy 1:5 that he is convinced of Timothy’s faith because of the real faith of his mother and his grandmother.    In this manner, women of faith can have a real and lasting effect in the church, considering that they are rearing future ministers, and other church leaders.

Pamela Parizo © 2017