EQUALITY

God as Our Mother

God is our true Mother.
For everyone who misses having a mother
and everyone who never had one,
This is not some feminist propaganda—it’s a fact,
God created women in Her image too.

Photo by Leandro Cesar Santana on Unsplash
Photo by Leandro Cesar Santana on Unsplash

1. Women Were Created in the Image of God
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
-Genesis 1:27

2. The Bible Describes God as a Mother
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;
but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.
-Hosea 11:3-4

3. God is Like a Mother Eagle
He was like an eagle building its nest
that flutters over its young.
It spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them on its feathers.
The Lord alone led them,
and there was no foreign god helping him.
-Deuteronomy 32:11-12

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Photo by Mathew Schwartz on Unsplash

4. God is Described as Giving Birth
They spurned the Rock who had made them,
Forgetting it was God who had given them birth.
-Deuteronomy 32:18

5. God Comforts Like a Mother
I will comfort you there as a little one
is comforted by its mother.
-Isaiah 66:13

6. God is Compared to a Nursing Mother
Can a mother forget her nursing child?
Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?
Never!
But even if that were possible,
I would not forget you!
-Isaiah 49:15

7. God is Described as a Woman in Labor
He will say, “I have long been silent;
yes, I have restrained myself.
But now, like a woman in labor,
I will cry and groan and pant.
-Isaiah 42:14

8. God as a Weaning Mother
But I have calmed and quieted myself,
I am like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child I am content.
-Psalm131:2

9. Jesus Likens Himself to a Mother Hen
Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
you who kill the prophets
and stone those sent to you,
how often I have longed to gather
your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
and you were not willing.
– Matthew 23:37

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Photo by Prince Abid on Unsplash

10. God is Like a Woman Looking for a Coin
Or suppose a woman has
ten silver coins and loses one.
Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house
and search carefully until she finds it?
And when she finds it,
she calls her friends and
neighbors together and says,
‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’
In the same way, I tell you,
there is rejoicing in the presence
of the angels of God
over one sinner who repents.
-Luke 15:8-10

EQUALITY, RELIGIOUS ABUSE

Ezer Rising: the Story of Woman

In the beginning, God created Man, but Man was not all that and even though God created Man with perfection, something was missing–Man wasn’t whole. The Genesis poem says God looked at Adam and said, “It’s not good for Man to be alone.”

So God put Man to sleep and took a rib out of him to form Woman. This rib was to remind Man that Woman was not a separate entity, but an actual part of him. Man recognized this when he saw her and declared, “She is bone of my bone, and flesh of my flesh!” This caused Man to love and care for Woman’s body and soul as much as his own.

But God didn’t create Woman to be an extension of Man. Woman was designed with a mind of her own to test and strengthen Man through the experiences of life. When God named Woman, She declared her an “Ezer Kenegdo” which means, the “Lifesaver who comes alongside.” God Herself is called Ezer just a few times in scripture and each time, God as Ezer is referenced as coming through to provide help when everything looks hopeless.

Ezer became the crowning act of creation and was given a God-like role to serve and provide hope and love for humankind. Of course, this was not a one-way transaction–Man would be blessed by the experience to love Ezer and she would be blessed by the experience of loving Man. As long as they continued to serve each other, they would enjoy a beautiful symbiotic relationship of equality where neither controlled nor manipulated the other. For a while, this worked and all was well in Paradise.

Then one day Man decided to do his thing while Ezer did hers. Instead of working together, Ezer ended up vulnerable and alone and deceived by a charmer. This resulted in Man choosing to protect self and before they knew it, they discovered they were both naked and ashamed. Instead of Man owning his junk and Ezer owning hers, they blamed each other, the charmer and ultimately God.

God hadn’t changed. She was the same. She called for Man and Woman and found them both hiding in the bushes trying on fig leaves as if God couldn’t see through her own creation. God had created this beautiful unity between two versatile parts who were two, yet one, but now their unity was broken and it grieved Her.

It was time to tell them the truth. Because they had fractured their unity, the struggle was harsh. Man was stronger and he would lord over Ezer. Ezer would now pine for their lost intimacy and use all sorts of manipulation to get Man’s love back. Their own insecurities and shame began to block the connection between them.

Man figured if Ezer could save his life, perhaps he could become immortal if he had more Ezers. Ezer, heartbroken sought ways to manipulate Man to regain her status, but her plans backfired. Man’s love of power grew greater than his love for Ezer and their connection faded.

This broken pattern has been passed down from our first parents to us today. Ezer, once the crowning act of creation and created in the shape of God Herself, was altered by her own scheming and manipulations. Man used his power over Ezer and downgraded her title to “help-mate.” He now expected Ezer to carry his water bucket and quench his thirst–only to thrown Ezer into the ditch whenever he was in a bad mood.

No one has seen God except what humans have seen in the face of the God/Man Jesus. Yet Man is only half of the image of God because Male and Female were both made in God’s image. We have seen the masculine face of God in Jesus, but the feminine face is more obscure. God could have just as easily come to us as a Woman, but perhaps God came as a Man because Man had stolen all the power from Ezer.

In order to meet broken people where they are, God has manifested as a Man to lead because Woman, the Ezer Kenegdo–the one who was meant to be a lifesaver for Man, was now broken down and infertile by Man’s desire to rule over her. So God entered human history as a Man in order to lead both sexes back to health and equality. Thus it would be said, “In Christ, there are no males or females.”

After this happened, Ezer began to get her power back because of the God/Man Jesus.

Ezer, who had slept with men to gain back her love, now found her value restored through Jesus.

Ezer, who had demons in her soul, was now set free by Jesus.

Ezer, who was once forced outside the temple, was now beckoned inside by Jesus.

Ezer, long shut out of educational pursuits and status by Man, was now being restored by sitting at the feet of  Jesus.

Ezer who was once shut out and overwhelmed with grief was healed and restored by Jesus. And so out of gratitude, Ezer spent all she had to show her appreciation by washing the feet of Jesus.

And God, knowing what had been stolen from Ezer by Man’s greed and desire to lord it over Ezer, gave Ezer the greatest tasks of all–to carry the God/Man Jesus in her body, to nurture his human mind and body and to be the first person to announce to the world that the God/Man Jesus had accomplished His mission when He arose from the grave.

Yet even with such proof and the fact that both Man and Ezer were both created in God’s image, Man still assumes God is male and continues to deny Ezer her status. Man continues to use Ezer and exalt himself above her, but Ezer will not be subjected to Man for eternity. Man has taken very little thought of the feminine face of God, but what a surprise he will have when he looks into the eyes of THE EZER–the God whose image Ezer bears.

Meanwhile, Ezer is rising!  Thanks to Man, Ezer had nowhere to go but up. And thanks to Jesus, Ezer is being restored to her original glory.

Have you seen Ezer?

Ezer is rising as the brightest star of kindness and grace shining against the darkest night of oppression and misogyny.

Ezer is rising as a comforter who sponges the fevered brow of society’s many diseases even as she wipes away her own tears.

Ezer is rising as the baker of the Bread and pourer of the Wine–even while she is told to stand at the back of the line.

Ezer is rising even as she continues to endure her shame and pain because Man is often too vile to recognize the image of God within her.

Ezer is rising as she risks her own life to call out truth and demand justice for those who are marginalized.

Ezer is rising as she leads the way in love for all people and points out where human judgments fall far short of God’s grace.

Ezer has been beaten and bruised and give her own crown of thorns, but because of the love of the Jesus, Ezer is carrying the cross too heavy for past centuries, but today she is finding her identity and worth through the face of Jesus. Ezer rises higher than ever because now she knows her joy will come in the morning when the dawn breaks in the garden on that final day.

Ezer is rising. Trained eyes can see her now, but Ezer will finally be seen in all her glory when she is standing next to the God who formed her in Her image.

Until then, Man, who has failed to recognize the feminine face of God, is shocked to hear Ezer God’s voice crying out, “Man, Man, why are you persecuting Me?”