Summary: Since the time of Adam and Eve, it has fallen to raise their children for the Lord.
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
READ: Psalm 113
Since the time of Eve, it has fallen to mothers to raise their children for the Lord.
Our mothers bring us into the world.
-They nurture us.
-They provide for us.
-They raised us up
Mother’s have a remarkable ability to change the world through their children.
BIBLICAL MOTHER’S WHO MADE A DIFFERNECE
1. The Protective Mother – Jochebed. Exodus 2:1-4
1 Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.
-Moses’ mother took great risks to protect her son.
--The Plan – Exodus 1:15-16
15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 "When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."
--The Problem – vs. 17-22
17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, "Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?" 19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive." 20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own. 22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: "Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live."
-Moses mother put in a basket to protect him.
--She watched him from a distance
-She schemed his rescue
--she became his nanny.
-Moses was brought up in Pharaoh’s house.
-Mother’s protected us in many ways.
--Physically – protected us from danger
--Morally – by teaching us right from wrong
--Emotionally – Often they protected us from things they knew would hurt us.
--Spiritually. – Brought us up to love and serve the Lord.
2. The Supportive Mother – Hannah 1 Samuel 1:24-28
24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. 25 When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, 26 and she said to him, "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. 27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.
-Hannah prayed for a son, (she was barren)
--God gave her a son.
--She gave him to the Lord.
--Samuel was taken to the Lord’s house to be a servant of the Lord.
-She continued to support him in the Lord’s work.
-There are three things that we can learn from Hannah.
1. God answers prayer concerning children
2. We would give our children to the Lord to use them as He sees fit.
-Some parents plan out their children’s future.
-It may NOT be God’s plan…sometimes it is.
3. We should support our children in doing the Lord’s will.
-Many young men are discouraged from ministry because “there’s no
money in it”.
-We should support our kids in their pursuit of God’s will.
--NOT…"what do you want to be when you grow up"?
--BUT…"how do you think God could use you".
--OR "what do you think God wants you to do".
-NOR should we force our kids into ministry…it may not be God’s will
3. The instructive mother. 2 Tim 1:1-5
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, 2To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Encouragement to Be Faithful 3I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 5I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.