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Friday, August 17, 2018
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Daily Bible Study

The Woman

One of the questions that keep rookie students of the Bible buzzing for a while is why Jesus called his mother "woman". Surely it was an indication that his mother was no different from any other woman?

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."
"Dear woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied, "My time has not yet come."
(John 2:1-4)

Later, on that eventful day when Jesus died on the cross, he called her "woman" again.

When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son."
(John 19:26)

Jesus Christ didn't call his mother "woman" to indicate she was very ordinary, like some imagine, but on the contrary, to show us how very special and significant she was by making the connection between his mother and the woman God prophesied about when he cursed the serpent in Eden.

And I will put enmity
between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will crush your head,
and you will strike his heel."
(Genesis 3:15)

"The woman" here isn't a reference to Eve as a casual glance might signify, because Eve's offspring Cain and Abel didn't crush the head of the serpent; it was Mary's offspring that did.

Quick Facts:
The woman: Regarded by some as the church, this site takes the viewpoint that "the woman" is a prophetic reference by God to Mary, mother of Jesus (Genesis 3:15).

Additional Reference:
The Blessed Virgin Mary