There is nothing like the voice of a mother calling for her children to come home. A child can always hear her voice no matter the circumstance. That is because her voice is unique, distinct and imprinted on the soul of every child. In Judaism the Holy Spirit is that voice, equated with the Shekinah, and the mother aspect of God. Scholars are recognizing more and more the Holy Spirit as the "female vehicle" for the outpouring of higher teaching and spiritual rebirth. We recognize the Holy Spirit as the power of God manifested in the world.
All the matriarchs represent the voice of God or the Holy Spirit in some way. Each has a special message from the heart of the Father to His children. The name of Rachel is a great example of that. Rachel’s name in Hebrew is Rach’el. Rach means to follow a prescribed path or regular routine and El means God. The wind follows a prescribed path each season just as the Spirit follows the path the Father has designed. Rachel is sometimes even called “Ruach El” by the sages or literally Spirit of God.
Genesis 1:2 describes the “Spirit of God” hovering over the waters. The word for hovering is “merachfet” which has the same root “rach” from Rachel’s name. It is the eighteenth word of the Torah and points to the concept of life. The word “chai”means life and has a value of eighteen in gematria. The concept of hovering alludes to the shakings of a bird over the nest caring for her young. The mother bird is giving life to her young by feeding them as well as protecting and defending them.There is also an idiom for hovering, which compares the throne of divine glory hovering over the surface of the waters as a dove hovers over its nest.
The Hebrew word for the Spirit is a feminine noun. The Spirit embodies a variety of feminine qualities and characteristics. Mother Rachel is described as being intuitive and sensitive. She is the comforter and the one who determines the peace and tranquility in her home. She is the bridge to healthy relationships and she is the patient one when her children rebel. She brings forth fruit that reflects the qualities of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness,kindness and self-control.
“For the fruit of the Spirit is in every kind of goodness, rightness and truth”.
Ephesians 5:9 CJB
So ladies let us make sure this Mother’s Day that our voice in the home is a reflection of the fruit of the Spirit. Let us strive to manifest and model the good work of the Holy Spirit to those around us who are in our sphere of influence.