Daily Tidbits 5/11 – Shadows of Messiah: Mother

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The function of the mother is to display the loving (John 15:9; 1 John 3:1), caring (1 Peter 5:7), gentle (Psalm 18:35; 2 Corinthians 10:1), healing (Exodus 15:26; Psalm 103:3), teaching (Matthew 23:10) character of God.


The family structure points to Messiah. A man joins his wife to become one to produce children (Genesis 1:22, 28; 2:24). This points to the Messiah who left Heaven, to come to earth to bring forth many children to glory.

Heb 2:9 but we do see Jesus crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death was made a little less than the angels, so that by the grace of God He might taste of death for all.
Heb 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, because of whom are all things, and through whom are all things, having brought many sons to glory, to perfect Him as the Author of their salvation through sufferings.

Messiah is likened to a mother. In Proverbs 8 (and many other passages), Wisdom is personified as a woman. Who is Wisdom?

1Co 1:24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.
1Co 1:30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

The mother is to be a picture of God’s love.  אם ’em’ (mother) is the source of the Latin ‘amare,’ the French ‘amitie’ and the English ‘amity’ which mean love. One of the Hebrew words for love is דד ‘dud/dad’ which means both love and breasts/bosom. Interestingly, the English word ‘baby’ comes from the Hebrew בבה ‘baba’ which is related to the word אבוב ‘aboob’ the root of which is אב ‘ab’ which means father but also means a pipe, as in the breast of the mother whose milk flows to give sustenance to the baby. בבה ‘baba’ in Hebrew means the pupil, the apple of one’s eyes. As any parent has held their baby in their arms against their bosom they recognize this is the epitome of love and intimate relationship (apple of the eye/”little guy in the eye“).

The love of a mother, holding her child in her arms was designed to reveal God’s love. Scripture declares that Messiah came from the bosom of the Father (John 1:18) who gathers (John 12:32) and then carries mankind to His bosom (Isaiah 40:10-11).

Em mother

The Hebrew word for mother, also means an arm. How was the Arm of the LORD revealed? Through the cross (Isaiah 53:1), when all of mankind was gathered (John 12:32) to His bosom (Isaiah 40:10-11), revealing God’s love.

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The mother is the אם ’em’ {strong waters} or glue that holds the house/family together. מ ‘mem’ means waters and also the source or origin as it is affixed to Hebrew words as a prefix meaning ‘from’ or ‘out from’ indicating a source. This is no surprise as it is the mother from whence all mankind comes, as is spoken of in Scripture (Genesis 3:20).

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The letter מ ‘mem’ is a picture of waters.

mem 2

In the beginning all things came forth from or originated from water.


Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth;
Gen 1:2 and the earth being without form and empty, and darkness on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God moving gently on the face of the waters,
Gen 1:3 then God said, Let light be! And there was light.

The letter מ ‘mem’ is also connected to the womb (place of origin).

The numerical value of מ ‘mem’ is 40 which is connected to water (the Flood – 40 days and nights of water) and the womb, as an average human pregnancy takes about 40 weeks and it is believed that it takes 40 days from conception to the initial ‘formation’ of the fetus. The salinity of sea water is also the same as the ‘waters’ of the womb. The rebirth is also linked to 40 as Messiah Jesus was baptized in the Jordan by John after 40 days of temptation in the wilderness.

Jesus is the Living Waters (the source of all things)

Isa 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshû‛âh’ – source of the name Jesus}; I will trust, and not be afraid: for Jah Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshû‛âh’}.
Isa 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation {ישׁוּעה ‘yeshû‛âh’}.

The letter מ ‘mem,’ brings forth another connection to the above information through the Aramaic square script.

The letter מ ‘mem’ is formed by combining the letter כ ‘kaf’ and ו ‘vav.’

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כ ‘kaf’ s the picture of a hand. ו ‘vav’ is a picture of a nail. Combined these display a nail in the hand. This connects to the name יהוה ‘Yahweh’ even further:


YHWH nail
Joh 20:27  Then He said to Thomas, Bring your finger here and see My hands, and bring your hand and thrust into My side, and be not unbelieving, but believing.
Joh 20:28  And Thomas answered and said to Him, My Lord and my God!

It is through the cross that Jesus revealed that He is “I AM“.  The crucifixion is the ‘glue’ that binds the family of the earth together.

Joh 8:28  Then Jesus said to them, When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I AM; and from Myself I do nothing; but as My Father taught Me, these things I speak.

Joh 12:32  And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all to Myself (John 8:28 Messiah states this is how they will know He is ‘I AM’).
Joh 12:33  But He said this, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die.
Joh 12:34  The crowd answered Him, We heard out of the Law that The Christ remains to the age. And how do You say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?
Joh 12:35  Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while the Light is with you. Walk while you have the Light, that darkness not overtake you. And the one walking in the darkness does not know where he is going.
Joh 12:36  While you have the Light, believe into the Light, that you may become sons of Light. Jesus spoke these things, and going away He was hidden from them.
Joh 12:37  But though He had done so many miraculous signs before them, they did not believe into Him,
Joh 12:38  so that the Word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he said, “Lord, who has believed our report? And the arm of the Lord, to whom was it revealed?”
Isa. 53:1
Joh 12:39  Because of this they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,
Joh 12:40  “He has blinded their eyes” and “has hardened their heart,” “that they might not see with the eyes” and “understand with the heart,” “and be converted,” “and I should heal them.”
Isa. 6:10
Joh 12:41  Isaiah said these things when he saw His glory, and spoke about Him.

Albert Barnes commentary Joh 12:41 –
When he saw his glory – Isa_6:1-10. Isaiah saw the Lord (in Hebrew, יהוה  Yahweh) sitting on a throne and surrounded with the seraphim. This is perhaps the only instance in the Bible in which Yahweh is said to have been seen by man, and for this the Jews affirm that Isaiah was put to death. God had said Exo_33:20, “No man shall see me and live;” and as Isaiah affirmed that he had seen Yahweh, the Jews, for that and other reasons, put him to death by sawing him asunder. See Introduction to Isaiah, Section 2.
By his glory is meant the manifestation of him – the Shechinah, or visible cloud that was a representation of God, and that rested over the mercy-seat. This was regarded as equivalent to seeing God, and John here expressly applies this to the Lord Jesus Christ

John affirms that it was the glory of the Messiah that Isaiah saw, and yet Isaiah affirms that it was Yahweh; and from this the inference is irresistible that John regarded Jesus as the Yahweh whom Isaiah saw.
It is through the cross that He gathers us together under His wings as a hen does her chicks (Matthew 23:37), yet another reference to the mother.

chicks under wing

Mat 23:37  Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets and stoning those sent to her. How often I desired to gather your children in the way a bird gathers her chicks under her wings! And you did not desire it.

Being the little guy in His eye is also associated with dwelling under the shadow of His wings.

Psa 17:8  Keep me as the pupil , the daughter of the eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings,

Deu 32:10  He found him in a desert land, and in the waste, a howling wilderness. He encircled him and cared for him; He guarded him as the pupil of His eye.

Deu 32:11  As the eagle stirs up its nest; it hovers over its young; it spreads out its wings and takes it, and bears it on its wing.

When the Scriptures speak of abiding in the shadow of His wings it is speaking of an intimate relationship were we dwell in His bosom, seeking His face where we see ourselves as a little guy in His eye.

All things (all matter) comes forth from Messiah

Col 1:16 For all things were created in Him, the things in the heavens, and the things on the earth, the visible and the invisible; whether thrones, or lordships, or rulers, or authorities, all things have been created through Him and for Him.
Col 1:17 And He is before all things, and all things have subsisted in Him

The English word matter traces back to the Latin word ‘mater.’ ‘Mater’ in Latin means the source/mother. In Hebrew, the word for mother is אם ‘em’ which means ‘glue’. This is what physical matter is, elements that are ‘glued’ together to form compounds.

“Matter comes via Anglo-Norman matere from Latin materia ‘matter.’ This was originally applied to the ‘hard inner wood of a tree,’ and etymologically denoted the ‘matrix’ or ‘mother’ from which the tree’s new growth came (it was derived of Latin mater ‘mother’).” {A Dictionary of Word Origins pg 341 “Matter”}

Matrix of Water in the Beginning

“It is significant that, long before men realized this universality of material structure, the bible had indicated that all things, including even human bodies, were made of the dust of the earth.
These basic elements were originally created (Gen. 1:1) as the fundamental components of matter in the space-matter-time cosmos (‘heavens’ – ‘earth’ – ‘beginning’) called into existence by the omnipotent Word of God (John 1:1-3). This basic ‘unformed’ earth material (Gen. 1:2) was then ‘made ‘ or ‘formed’ by God into complex systems. Originally suspended and dispersed in a vast matrix of water (Gen. 1:2; 2 Pet 3:5), all other elements were built up into a vast array of terrestrial and celestial bodies (1 Cor. 15:40) and, on the earth, both inorganic and living systems.” {Biblical Basis of Modern Science pg 217}

It is interesting that in Maidu Indian the word ‘mom’ means water. In Chinese, ‘mu yu’ means bath. In Japanese ‘umi’ means sea. In Ancient Egyptian water was ‘aman’ and ‘nun.’ The relation between ‘mom’ and water is also seen in Hebrew through the word מים ‘mayim’ which means water.

The origin of the word matrix, comes from ‘madrigal.’

“Etymologically, madrigal denotes ‘a simple song, such as might just have sprung from the mother’s womb.’ It comes ultimately from medieval Latin matricalis ‘simple, primitive,’ a derivative of Latin matrix ‘womb.’ “ {Dictionary of Word Origins pg 332 ‘Madrigal’}

Amazingly, all matter comes forth from a matrix of water in the beginning and was manifested through sound/a song.

“Matter is composed of atoms, which in turn are made from quarks and electrons. According to string theory, all such particles are actually tiny loops of vibrating string.” {Elegant Universe pg 14}

String theory proclaims, for instance, that the observed particle properties, are a reflection of the various ways in which a string can vibrate. Just as the strings on a violin or on a piano have resonant frequencies at which they prefer to vibrate – patterns that our ears sense as various musical notes and their higher harmonics – the same holds true for the loops of string theory….each of the preferred patterns of vibration of a string in string theory appears as a particle whose mass and force changes are determined by the string’s oscillatory pattern.” {Elegant Universe pg 15}

It is no surprise that pipe, as in a musical instrument, comes from אבוב ‘aboob’ which is referring to the breasts of a mother whose ‘pipes’ feeds her child with milk. אבוב ‘aboob’ is also the source of the word in Hebrew for reed of which flutes/pipes for music were made and papyrus which the Word was written upon.

Going back to the etymology of mom/mother it is seen that numerous languages display this אם ‘am’ or the reverse ‘ma’ origin.

Say Mother in Different Languages

Catalan mamà / mama
Portuguese mãe / mamãe
French maman
Italian mamma
Polish mama
Romanian mama / mamă
Spanish mamá
Swedish mamma
Norwegian mamma
English mama/mom,
Dutch mama
German Mama
Russian мама (mama)
Greek μήτηρ (meter)
μαμα (mama)
In Hungarian anυα
Kutenai Ma
In Vietnamese, mẹ. Má and ba respectively in Southern Vietnamese.
Korean, eomma [ʌmma]
Tagalog nánay or ináy (diminutives of iná “mother”)
Afrikaans Moeder, Ma
Albanian Nënë, Mëmë
Arabic Ahm
Aragones Mai
Asturian Ma
Aymara Taica
Azeri Ana (Latin Script)
Basque Ama
Belarusan Matka
Bergamasco Màder
Bolognese Mèder
Bosnian Majka
Brazilian Portuguese Mãe
Bresciano Madèr
Breton Mamm
Bulgarian Majka
Byelorussian Macii
Calabrese Matre, Mamma
Caló Bata, Dai
Catalan Mare
Cebuano Inahan, Nanay
Chechen Nana
Croatian Mati, Majka
Czech Abatyse
Danish Mor
Dutch Moeder, Moer
Dzoratâi Mére
Esperanto Patrino, Panjo
Estonian Ema
Faeroese Móðir
Finnish Äiti
Flemish Moeder
French Mère, Maman
Frisian Emo, Emä, Kantaäiti, Äiti
Furlan Mari
Galician Nai
German Mutter
Greek Màna
Griko Salentino, Mána
Hawaiian Makuahine
Hindi – Ma, Maji
Hungarian Anya, Fu
Icelandic Móðir
Ilongo Iloy, Nanay, Nay
Indonesian Induk, Ibu, Biang, Nyokap
Irish Máthair
Italian Madre, Mamma
Japanese Okaasan, Haha
Kannada Amma
Kurdish Kurmanji – Daya
Ladino Uma
Latin Mater
Leonese Mai
Ligurian Maire
Limburgian Moder, Mojer, Mam
Lingala Mama
Lithuanian Motina
Lombardo Occidentale Madar
Macedonian Majka
Malay Emak
Maltese Omm
Mantuan Madar
Maori Ewe, Haakui
Mapunzugun Ñuke, Ñuque
Marathi Aayi
Mongolian `eh
Mudnés Medra, mama
Neapolitan Mamma
Norwegian Madre
Occitan Maire
Old Greek Mytyr
Parmigiano Mädra
Persian Madr, Maman
Piemontese Mare
Polish Matka, Mama
Portuguese Mãe
Punjabi Mai, Mataji, Pabo
Quechua Mama
Rapanui Matu’a Vahine
Reggiano Mèdra
Romagnolo Mèder
Romanian Mama, Maica
Romansh Mamma
Russian Mat’
Saami Eadni
Samoan Tina
Sardinian (Limba Sarda Unificada) Mama
Sardinian Campidanesu mamai
Sardinian Logudoresu Madre, Mamma
Serbian Majka
Shona Amai
Sicilian Matri
Slovak Mama, Matka
Slovenian Máti
Spanish Madre, Mamá, Mami
Swahili Mama, Mzazi, Mzaa
Swedish Mamma, Mor, Morsa
Swiss German Mueter
Telegu Amma
Triestino Mare
Turkish Anne, Ana, Valide
Turkmen Eje
Ukrainian Mati
Urdu Ammee
Valencian Mare
Venetian Mare
Viestano Mamm’
Vietnamese me
Wallon Mére
Welsh Mam
Yiddish Muter
Zeneize Moæ

The English word ‘mother’ traces back to the Hebrew word מותר ‘motar.’ מותר ‘motar’ comes from the root word תר ‘tar’ which means a border or image, an outline. Literally, the ‘mark of man.’ This is the source of the word תורה ‘torah.’ This is interesting to note as the Torah is the Image of the Most High and is in the feminine gender.

Pro 1:8 My son, hear your father’s instruction, and do not forsake the law of your mother;

The Word of God (Jesus) is to be the little guy in our eye.  Recall that in the natural, a baby in the arms of her mother pictures the relationship between God and His children.  Believers are to look into the Torah as a baby does the eyes of its mother.

Pro 7:2 Keep my commands and live, and my law as the pupil of your eye.

When we look into the “eyes of God” we see ourselves, when He looks into our eyes He sees the Torah/Word, Himself.  The ultimate goal of walking with God is that at the end we will look into His eyes and see the Torah/Word as well, His image being formed in and through us.  Our eyes should be on Jesus, the Word made flesh…the Author and Finisher of our faith.

Heb 12:2  Looking {ἀφοράω ‘aphoraō’ – fix eyes upon} unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Joh 17:21  That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Joh 17:22  And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
Joh 17:23  I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

As mentioned previously, the family structure points to Messiah. A man joins his wife to become one to produce children (Genesis 1:22, 28; 2:24). This points to the Messiah who left Heaven, to come to earth to bring forth many children to glory.

Heb 2:9 but we do see Jesus crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death was made a little less than the angels, so that by the grace of God He might taste of death for all.
Heb 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, because of whom are all things, and through whom are all things, having brought many sons to glory, to perfect Him as the Author of their salvation through sufferings.

The love of a mother who “holds the family together” is an integral part in revealing God’s nature to mankind. The Hebrew word for family is משפחה ‘mishpochah’ which means to be joined together. משפחה ‘mishpochah’ comes from the root word ספח ‘saphach’ which has the same meaning of a joining together of two things and is the origin of the English word crucifixion. Again, this is where Messiah joined together mankind into the family of God (Ephesians 3:15). The Hebrew word for maidservant or womanservant is שיפחה ‘shiphchah’ which is a cognate of משפחה ‘mishpochah.’ The loving service of a mother to her family reveals the love of God as Messiah humbled Himself to become a servant, revealing God’s love.

Php 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We must humble ourselves as He did, being converted as children.

Recall that the word in Hebrew for pupil is בבה ‘baba’ which is the source of the English word ‘baby.’  Interestingly, the English word ‘shade’ comes from the Hebrew word שד ‘shad’ which means the breast/bosom.  שד ‘shad’ is the root of the word שדי ‘shaddai’ which is translated as ‘the Almighty.’

Again, the word דוד ‘dod’ means love.  דוד ‘dod’ literally means the breasts.  The letter ‘dalet’ is the picture of a door, or flap of a tent which opens the way inside.  The tabernacle consisted of two doors/veils which דד displays.  What is the veil of the Tabernacle a picture of?  The body/flesh of Messiah.

Heb 10:20  which He consecrated for us, a new and living way through the veil; that is, His flesh;

The above portion of Scripture is in context of the New Covenant which was cut at Calvary where Messiah gathered mankind into His bosom (Isaiah 40:11; Psalm 89:50).

Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
Isa 40:11  He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Psa 89:50  Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
Psa 89:51  Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
Psa 89:52  Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.

This is the type of intimate relationship God wants to have with mankind.  As a Father or mother holding their children in their bosoms.  Messiah declares that we must be humble as children to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.  One of the commandments associated with Yom Kippur was ‘afflicting’ one’s being (Leviticus 16:29-31, 23:27).  This word for afflict in Hebrew is ענה ‘anah’ which literally means to humble oneself…

Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 18:1  At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
Mat 18:2  And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
Mat 18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5  And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

Mar 10:13  And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.
Mar 10:14  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Mar 10:15  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.
Mar 10:16  And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

Luk 18:15  And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
Luk 18:16  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.
Luk 18:17  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Jesus mother

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