Summary: Mothers, even in today’s culture, can still impart their love for God to their children.
A Mother of a Man
May 14, 2006 FBC, Chester Mike Fogerson, Pastor
A TOP TEN LIST OF WHAT MOMS REALLY WANT FOR MOTHER’S DAY
10. To be able to eat a whole candy bar (alone) and drink a Coke
without any "floaters."
9. To have a 14-year-old answer a question without rolling her eyes
in that "Why is this person my mother?" way.
8. Five pounds of chocolate that won’t add twenty.
7. A shower without a child peeking through the curtain with a "Hi
ya, Mom!" just as I put razor to my ankle.
6. A full-time cleaning person who looks like Brad Pitt.
5. For a teenager to announce, "Hey, Mom! I got a full scholarship
and a job all in the same day!"
4. A grocery store that doesn’t have candy, gum, and cheap toys
displayed at the checkout line.
3. To have a family meal without a discussion about bodily secretions.
2. To be able to step on a plane with toddlers and not have some
pencil-neck-yuppie-geek moan, "Oh, no! Why me?"
1. Four words: Fisher Price Play Prison
B Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. 5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews’ children." 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?" 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Go ahead." So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 The child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. Ex 2:1-10 (NASB)
1 Jochebed mothered an incredible man of God even during incredible adversity (essence of the text in a sentence).
2 Mothers, even in today’s culture, can still impart their love for God into their children. (essence of the sermon in a sentence)
C I hope you’ll dedicate (or rededicate) yourself to teaching the little ones in your life about God. (Objective)
1 What do you need to do differently with your little ones as far as teaching them about God is concerned? (Probing question)
2 Let’s look at two mothering tips that Jochebed gives us on how to be a mother of a man...a godly man.
I You must have it to give it.
A Jochebed and her husband, Amran, had a solid relationship with God.
1 Having a child was a risky venture at that time.
a Pharaoh had put forth an edict that called for all male Hebrew babies to be thrown into the Nile.
aa This barbaric action was not his first attempt to stymie the Hebrew population.
bb 1) Tried to work them to death 2) Killing the Jewish boys at birth (self-regulated) & 3) Nile (Egyptians noticed dead babies floating in the water).
b Jochebed was trusting that God would protect a male child if she had one (that’s trust!)
2 God, through His hand of providence, allowed his mother & father to teach Moses about the God of their fathers.
a Probably 2-4 years
b She poured a life’s worth of love, teaching, & discipleship in what time she had...then he left home.
B Mothers, I believe Jochebed would tell us that we can’t teach about a God we don’t know.
1 Your relationship with God must be significant as a mother.
a Saved? Living in the fullness of the Spirit? Praying? Word? Church attendance? Involved in ministry? Sunday School?
b How do you think your kids would describe your walk with God? How significant God was in your life?
c You can’t teach them to go where you have not been (have it to give it)
2 The moment you have to impart/teach about God is brief.