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Summary: Moms can make lasting impressions not only upon their daughters, but also upon their sons! They can help their children avoid the detours that could ruin their lives.

1. "The ideal woman was described 2,500 years ago in Proverbs 31--and she is still intimidating her sisters ever since." Liz Higgs

2. Many inaccuracies re: motherhood, role of women in OT...

3. E.G., weddings arranged, girls forced to marry....not true; daughters could accept/reject; parents merely emissaries...

4. E.G., Pharisees would thank God not born woman in their prayers...

5. True...but why? Because women could not make all the festivals & were exempted from keeping certain Laws....

6. Women like Sarah, Abigail, Rebekah, and Bathsheba took initiative in directing the affairs of the family. Man was head, but...

7. Motherhood....

(1) Hebrew Ím ---related to the root ’mm "be wide, roomy..."

(2) main role: to bear and NURTURE children

(3) first child as young as 16

8. In OT, Motherhood is used as a figure to express the idea of DEEPEST attachment....SELF-GIVING love...

9. Both parents are important to a child....men especially need to civilize their sons....we boys are natural barbarians....Dads can help turn "wild" boys into gentlemen...

MAIN IDEA: Moms can make lasting impressions not only upon their daughters, but also upon their sons! They can help their children avoid the detours that could ruin their lives.

TS-----------> We’ll look at 3 such detours, spelled out by the mother of King Lemuel (know nothing about him)

I. Becoming A Womanizer (1-3)

1. Note the implications here: Lemuel’s mom taught him repeatedly

2. Lemuel’s mother had difficulty conceiving him, "son of my vows."

3. The fact that her advice impacted him meant they had a good

relationship...

(1) one sign of a good rlthsp.--when a parent apologizes...

(2) another sign: time spent in discussion....

(3) normally dad is the best one to discuss the facts of life, proper

treatment of women.... morals....but not all dads do so (or are in a

position to do so/hypocrisy)---do not trust the schools to do so...

4. Note how comfortable the Bible is with human anatomy than we

are...we should emulate a relaxed but respectful attitude...

---don’t pass your personal imbalances down to the next gener.--

5. Men who run after women become absorbed with women and lose their strength....and are brought to ruin...(may succeed in career)

6. From early years on, moms need to lay the foundation for a moral

compass that will influence youngsters throughout their lives...talk about right and wrong....pass judgments about situations ALOUD to train kids to think...

7. There is a famine of sense in the land----wisdom is considered

judgmental and arrogant...but godly wisdom is making judgments and a response to the revelation of God’s word...

8. God has spoken in His Word. What He says goes. We must analyze life by applying it. We can’t apply it if we don’t know it!!!

----Aunt Leona is living with her boyfriend..."Kids, this is wrong. But we cannot police Aunt Leona. She doesn’t know the Lord, so we cannot expect her to obey His commands." SILENCE MEANS APPROVAL TO MOST KIDS...

II. Alcoholism (4-7)

1. Drinking causes failure which causes more drinking....

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