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Gen 1:28, 3:15-20

Gen 1:28, 3:15-20


Sermon: Missional Motherhood
Bible Passage: Gen 1:28, 3:15-20

Motherhood is the state or experience of having or raising a child/children. Giving birth to and raising a child is an example of motherhood. Adopting and raising children is an example of motherhood

I. Motherhood is one of the main plots of the storyline of the Bible

1. It starts with Gen 3:15: the Seed of the woman will crush the head of the Serpent
2. It ends with the Seed that escapes the Dragon when His mother was going to give birth and finally lay claims to the Church (Rev 12 and 19)
3. From the beginning till the end, motherhood is essential for the story line (some people call it “salvation history”)

II. Motherhood (and fatherhood) is embedded in the first Great Commission God gave to man and woman (Gen 1:28)

1. Be fruitful and multiply
2. The man and woman will not be able to accomplish this important command without bearing children
3. When God created woman, He had motherhood in His mind (that children will come out of man and woman)

III. Motherhood was threatened when sin entered in the form of disobedience

1. God prohibited Adam not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and bad (Gen 2:17)
2. When the man and woman disobeyed, they were in danger of being killed
3. Death would have stopped the motherhood before even it started

IV. After their disobedience, the roles of man and woman became more difficult (Gen 3:15-19)

1. Woman’s role of partnering with her husband in being fruitful is now added with “painful childbearing”
2. The consequence of disobedience hit the woman right at her childbearing (i.e., motherhood)
3. God gave them “life” instead of death
4. They play a role in the storyline of redemption from the Fall
5. Now, their life will continue with twofold mission in their hand:

i. To be fruitful and multiply
ii. To bear the Seed that will, one day, crush the head of the Serpent

V. Motherhood plays an integral part in the story of redemption (Gen 3:15)

1. Enmity between the Serpent and woman
2. Enmity between him and her Seed
3. The Seed would bruise the head of the Serpent

VI. Adam names his wife “Eve” (Gen 3:20)

1. Life or life giver
2. Mother of all the living
3. All human life will have its source in her body
4. God clothes both Adam and Eve (the cloth enables them to walk before God)
5. It is a gift from God, when she and her husband deserved the opposite (it is the foreshadow of the Gospel)

VII. Eve’s motherhood starts with recognition of God in her life

1. She gave birth to her firstborn and called Cain: “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord”
2. She gave birth to Seth and acknowledged God “God has appointed for me another offspring instead of Abel”
3. Right through the Bible, we see motherhood is maintained by the birth of seeds (everyone looked for the Seed mentioned in Gen 3:15)

VIII. The fulfillment of the Seed mentioned in Gen 3:15 was finally conceived in Mary’s womb (Gal 4:4)

1. This Seed is the protagonist of the Bible storyline
2. The Serpent tried to bruise his heel on the Cross, but He crushed his head on the Cross
3. This Seed is the one who assumes His bride, the Church
4. The storyline began in Gen 3:15 ends in the marriage of the Seed with the Church

IX. Some observations

1. With motherhood, a woman obeys God and does what God made her to do, to help her husband to multiply, fill, and subdue the earth
2. Mother brings forth children who serve God, serve the people
3. Motherhood is one of the ways God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Cor 1:27)
4. Satan distorted God’s plan, but God continued His plan with those who Satan tried to distort
5. Mothers’ Day must be a day of worship because you see God all over mothers/motherhood

X. Lessons

1. Motherhood cannot be understood without God
2. Motherhood cannot be understood without God’s mission
3. Motherhood cannot be understood without God’s redemptive plan that culminates in Jesus assuming His bride, the Church
4. Motherhood cannot be understood sufficiently without husband and the Gospel
5. Motherhood is an honor

Take Away:

Mothers! continue in faith, love, and holiness (1 Tim 2:15)

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at