In Isaiah 66:13, God says, “As one whom his mother comforteth,
so will I comfort you.” Did you hear it? “As one whom his mother
comforteth, so will I comfort you.” God, in essence, is saying, “I am
going to be a mother to you, and all that a mother is and can be; as a
mother comforts, as only a mother can comfort, I will be like a mother
to you.”
Isaiah is the prophet who uniquely shows God’s love for man. It
is Isaiah who shows us the suffering servant, the Son of God who came to
stand in our place and die for us. So it is not out of character that out of
Isaiah we would get this picture of God who would be a mother to us. So
with God’s revelation of His name to Abraham, and with this direct
statement in Isaiah, I can lay a foundation.
Jesus set the pattern when He taught of taking earthly expressions
and using them as an analogy to teach us things about God. In Luke’s
Gospel, Jesus tells of an unjust judge and one who kept knocking on the
door of the unjust judge, until finally persistence broke the judge down
and he answered. Then Jesus took that earthly expression of justice, in
that case, not a very favorable example, to teach a truth about better
justice. “How much more will your heavenly Father,” the eternal Judge,
“respond if you keep on asking?”