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Summary: We consider a Mother's duty to motivate, mentor and model eternal values. We consider to mothers: Herodias and Mary.

A MOM’S BITTERNESS BACKFIRES? MENTOR?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

There are two kinds of truth? 1. Personal truth? 2. The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Your personal truth may be the truth or it may not be the truth? We can lie to our self and believe the lie? Then be damned?

There is a true statement: THE HANDS THAT ROCK THE CRADLE RULE THE WORLD.

Proverbs 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:

*COUNSEL: (verb) advice given, to listen to, suggest

*COUNCIL: (noun) to provide advice, to guide,

*ADVISE: (verb) to give an opinion or suggestion, warn,

*ADVICE: (noun) an opinion or suggestion about what someone should do, recommendation, decision,

One day Abraham Lincoln was riding in a carriage in Washington, D.C. General U.S. Grant was riding with him. Grant offered a cigar to Mr. Lincoln. Lincoln kindly declined the cigar. A little later Grant pulled out a flask of whiskey and offered Lincoln a drink. Again, Lincoln respectfully declined the whiskey. Grant said to the President: ARE YOU TO GOOD TO SMOKE AND DRINK WITH ME?

Lincoln said let me explain this. My dying mother asked me to never smoke or drink. I promised her I would not. Now, should I drink with you? General Grant said: NO! MR. PRESIDENT, YOU SHOULD HONOR YOUR PROMISE TO YOU DEAR MOTHER.

MOM HAD SOME GREAT PEARLS OF WISDOM. COME LET US RECALL THE COUNSEL OF OUR MOTHER’S:

1. Make sure you have on clean underwear, you might be in an accident.

2. Don’t take a bath during a thunderstorm.

3. Wash your hands.

4. Soap is cheap, use it often.

5. Don’t go to bed angry, you could die in your sleep.

6. Learn to finish what you start.

7. If you can’t say nice things then say nothing. Speak soft words, they are easier to eat.

8. If you open it, then close it. If you turn it on, then make sure to turn it off. If you put it on your plate then eat it.

9. You will be any better than the company you keep.

10. Never eat yellow snow.

Proverbs 10:1 The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

WISE PEOPLE LISTEN AND KNOW THE SOURCE OF THE LESSON. Life is not just what is said, who said it, and the motivation of why they said it... REHOBOAM IS SOLOMON’S SON… Rehoboam was a poor listener.

Solomon dies, his son is about to become the new King of Israel. Solomon was wise. His son seemed to be stupid.

OLD PEOPLE GIVE ADVICE MAKE THE YOKE LIGHTER… wisdom does not always appear to be pleasant to the eyes…

1 Kings 12:6 And king Rehoboam consulted with the old men, that stood before Solomon his father while he yet lived,

and said, How do ye advise that I may answer this people?

YOUNG MEN’S ADVICE: MAKE LIFE HEAVIER, MY LITTLE FINGER SHALL BE HEAVIER THAN DAD’S THIGH.

THIS SOUNDS THE BEST TO MY EARS…

1 Kings 12:8 But he forsook the counsel of the old men, which they had given him, and consulted with the young men that were grown up with him, and which stood before him:

My dad taught me several lessons.

*1. He who would school others, often needs schooled himself.

*2. Don’t be too free with your advice. A wise man already knows it. A fool will never listen and do…

*3. Free advice may be worth what you paid for it.

THE MAIN THING IS TO KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING. THE GREATEST DUTY OF PARENTS IS AS A TEACHER… TO PASS THE TORCH OF AN ETERNAL VALUE SYSTEM… YOU ARE A MODEL, MENTOR, AND MOTIVATOR.

WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR CHILDRENS’ CHILDREN?

Are we teaching FAITHFULNESS to the church?

Are we teaching the TEN COMMANDMENTS? How can those that have never known the commandments keep them?

Deuteronomy 32:46 And he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.

COME LET US SEE WHAT BITTER, ANGRY, OUTWARDLY SINNER MOTHERS AND FATHERS ARE REALLY TEACHING? HEROD IS THE KING. HEROD’S BROTHER

In the mid-seventies, Linda worked with a lady. She had a beautiful smart little boy. We invited them to church often. They refused to go. But they would allow their little son to go to Sunday School and to church. He loved Jesus and music. A friend of mine helped me buy him a guitar and I gave him lessons. His parents refused to go to church. They loved pleasure. Eventually the little boy turned into a teen, 15 he refused to go to church.

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