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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types

Mother

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Judges 5:7 (a) Deborah as the deliverer of Israel took care of the people of GOD as though they were her own children.

Isaiah 50:1 (a) Israel as a united nation is compared to a wife or a bride who begat the great multitude of the people of Israel. The nation had turned away from GOD as a wife turns away from her husband. (See Hosea 2:2; Hosea 4:5; Hosea 10:14).

Jeremiah 50:12 (a) Those who founded and established the great city of Babylon are described in this manner. They formed this mighty, powerful group, they nourished the Babylonians, and taught them to war. The Lord describes the heathen gods and their customs as having been those who moulded Israel into their present evil condition. They followed the gods of the Hittites and the Amorites.

Ezekiel 19:2 (a) The strong, able founders of Israel are compared to a mother lion. The nature was fierce, and their attitude cruel. They were no longer the sheep of His pasture.

Ezekiel 23:2 (a) This type probably refers to the one kingdom which existed under Solomon. It was afterwards divided into two kingdoms, which are mentioned as the two daughters.

Matthew 12:49-50 (a) Our Lord indicates that there is a very close and sweet relationship between Himself and those who love Him enough to leave all other associations just to live with and for Him.

Romans 16:13 (a) The servant of GOD who leads GOD's people has that sweet, tender care for them and looks after their best interests as we find in the family relationship.

Revelation 17:5 (a) This term probably refers to the Roman Catholic church. Most of the large denominations have emerged from that tremendous system, and have carried with them some of the grave clothes, the habits, the ways and the customs of the Roman church. Some of these "daughters" are so near like the mother church that it is difficult to distinguish them from her.

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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Mother'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/wdt/m/mother.html. 1957.

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