Only A Mother Would Be So Bold

Mt 20:20-21 Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favor of him. “What is it you want?” he asked. She said, “Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.”

Most mothers have an incredible tendency to remain steadfast when it comes to the wellbeing of their offspring. Their instinct to defend and advance their children’s future remains constant. I remember my
mother as one who with great zeal would defend me against any word that came suggesting I would ever do anything to shame her. With one glance she could console me, and with another, she could kill me if I ever embarrassed her. She did what good mothers do, she loved me. It’s amazing the faith of some mothers who still believe the best regardless of a child’s failures. This truth is illustrated by the mother who proudly displayed the bumper sticker that declared “My Son Was Inmate Of The Year”.

The Bible is filled with examples of mothers, some good and some not so good. Among the good ones was the mother of James and John. Not much is known about her, but much is implied. The fact that she would be so bold as to ask Jesus to “grant” a seat for her sons, first of all, implies a keen
understanding of the value of eternal priorities.

Her sons were known as Sons of Thunder (see Mark 3:17). This is very likely a reference to their character. On one occasion, when the people in a village of Samaria were not responsive to the message of Jesus, it was James and John who wanted to call down fire from heaven (see Luke 9:54). They were men of decisiveness and action, attributes developed under the care and encouragement of loving parents.

Where did the term “Sons of Thunder” come from? Could it be from such a mother that would dare to request a seat at each side of the Lord. Maybe she was the “Thunder”. What a fine example of a mother, driven by love, aware of eternity, pleading with God to secure a place for her sons at the King’s table.

My prayer is for all mothers, all those who occupy a place of great power and influence. Some may not have their own children, but the role still applies to those with the opportunity to nurture and instruct.

May all be challenged and encouraged to be so bold as to ask God for things few others would dare to ask for.

Happy Mother Day!
In His Service, Pastor Mike