Summary: Some good Mother’s Day funnies lead into this study of Jochebed, mother of Moses...who was paid to raise her own child. Link to Formatted text and Powerpoint included.

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Getting Paid to Raise Your Own Child

Exodus 2:1-10 and Hebrews 11:23-28

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What My Mother Taught Me

My mother taught me TO APPRECIATE A JOB WELL DONE:

"If you’re going to kill each other, do it outside - I just finished cleaning!"

My mother taught me RELIGION:

"You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

My mother taught me about TIME TRAVEL:

"If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock you into the middle of

next week!"

My mother taught me LOGIC:

"Because I said so, that’s why."

My mother taught me FORESIGHT:

"Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."

My mother taught me IRONY:

"Just keep laughing and I’ll give you something to cry about."

My mother taught me about the science of OSMOSIS:

"Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"

My mother taught me about CONTORTIONISM:

"Will you look at the dirt on the back of your neck!"

My mother taught me about STAMINA:

"You’ll sit there ’til all that spinach is finished."

My mother taught me about WEATHER:

"It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."

My mother taught me how to solve PHYSICS PROBLEMS:

"If I yelled because I saw a meteor coming toward you; would you listen then?"

My mother taught me about HYPOCRISY:

"If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a million times-Don’t Exaggerate!"

My mother taught me THE CIRCLE OF LIFE:

"I brought you into this world, and I can take you out."

My mother taught me about BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION:

"Stop acting like your father!"

My mother taught me about ENVY:

"There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t

have wonderful parents like you do!"

Real Mothers. . .

Real Mothers know right where their kitchen utensils are…out in the sandbox!

Real Mothers don’t eat quiche; they don’t have time to make it.

Real Mothers sometimes have sticky floors, filthy ovens, but happy kids.

Real Mothers know and accept that dried play dough doesn’t come out of shag carpets.

Real Mothers don’t want to know what the vacuum just sucked up.

Real Mothers know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or

years or grade...It is marked by the progression from “Mama” to “Mommy” to “Mom”.

Different views of Mom:

4 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

12 YEARS OF AGE ~ My Mother doesn’t really know quite everything.

14 YEARS OF AGE ~ Mom…duh!

16 YEARS OF AGE ~ My mom? She’s like, so “not cool”.

18 YEARS OF AGE ~ That old woman? She’s way out of touch!

25 YEARS OF AGE ~ Well, she might know a little bit about it.

35 YEARS OF AGE ~ Before we decide, let’s get Mom’s opinion.

45 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wonder what Mom thinks about it?

65 YEARS OF AGE ~ Wish I could talk it over with Mom.

We have an interesting story in our text today, where a mother is paid for taking care of her own child. From that I want to emphasize to you that you will also be paid for rearing your children. Let’s look further at this text.

1. The Planning – vv. 1-4

A. She planned to be a Godly woman

1. Daughter of Levi

- Married a man from tribe LEVI [PRIESTLY TRIBE]

2. Not afraid of the king

B. She planned to raise Godly children

1. She hid the child - a plan

2. She planned the Ark.

Many moms get a plan from the Lord and so did Moses’ mother.


1. What plans are you making?

2. Are you a godly mother?

3. Are your plans godly plans?

II. The Protection. vv. 3, 4, 7

A. Protected by … The Bonding. V. 3a

B. Protected by … The Building [the Ark] V. 3b

C. Protected by … The Boating. V. 3c

Genesis 2:24

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Proverbs 22:6

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

III. The Payment. V. 9

-All parents receive wages.

-Notice her wages in the life of Moses.

1. Refused to be called son of Pharaoh’s daughter. V. 24

2. Chose pain vs pleasure. V. 25

3. Chose the reproach of Christ. V. 26

4. Left Egypt. V. 27

3 John 1:4

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

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Dion Amos

commented on Apr 21, 2007

Thanks for the memories, God does do wonders through our Mothers. God bless each and every one of them.

Bobby Franklin

commented on May 7, 2008

I really enjoyed this sermn and illustrations

Porter Bailey

commented on May 9, 2009

Very Good

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