I have checked out the illuminating video “She” by Rob Bell. I noted that Isaiah could be seen as one of the revolutionary prophets during the Old Testament times who introduced the concept of God in the feminine form as a mother, foreshadowing the time when gender equality would be promoted during Jesus’ and Paul’s times, whereby in Christ there is neither male nor female, for all are one in christ. God by nature transcends gender and yet includes both male and female in his/her image from the beginning of creation of humanity.
As Rob Bell mentioned, there is a divine quality as well, in the nurturing and compassionate aspects of a woman, which is most evident in the way a mother would care for and protect her child. Jesus himself was likened to the mother hen who longed to gather her chicks under her wings for protection. He also restored women to their proper place as being equal with men, and the women played important roles in taking care of the daily supplies and administration of his ministry, as well as witnessing his resurrection. And yes, the maternal heart of God overrides the patriarchal language by finding expression in words such as giving birth to creation from God’s womb, as mentioned in the book of Job, and how God comforts us as a mother comforts her child, according to Isaiah.
“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13)