Summary: So often when we read similar texts, the father is named first. But, in this case perhaps the Lord placed the mother first to show her importance to the family unit.
MOTHER’S DAY EXHORTATION
Leviticus 19:3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.
1. GOD HONORS MOTHERS
In most places, when God speaks relating to parents in the Bible, we usually hear about the father first. However, God speaking to the Jews, giving the laws to Moses (Leviticus is a book of laws), here says:
Leviticus 19: 1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the LORD your God am holy.
3 Ye shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my sabbaths: I am the LORD your God.
So often when we read similar texts, the father is named first. But, in this case perhaps the Lord placed the mother first to show her importance to the family unit. Clearly, from this passage, in putting the mother first, the Lord shows that mothers are important too.
God is peaking to the Israelites, His people:
1. Be holy
2. Fear your mother (and father)
3. Keep my Sabbaths (holy days)
Notice that “Fear your mother …” is sandwiched between “holiness” and “keeping Sabbaths.” What does this mean? This suggests that God takes respect for your mother (parents) seriously and it is related to practical religion. How so you may ask? Because our parents are our first earthly image of God. Therefore, both parents and children have responsibility to submit to God’s ordained plan.
Notice too that in the Ten Commandments, honoring your parents is listed fifth in order immediately after the commands relating to God. What does this tell us? If nothing else, it tells us that if we are going to worship God, we need to honor our first earthly authority. God takes parents seriously, and since today is Mother’s Day, we’re going to focus on mothers.
As a matter of fact caring for family members is connected to the New Testament:
1Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
In this case, the concern was for widows (often aged mothers). Caring for family members is considered of such importance, that God equates one who fails to do so as one who is not of the faith (not Christian). Why is that? Could it be because taking care of your parents has something to do with how you respond to someone who has loved you throughout your life? Could it be that it has something to do with what is right?
Let’s talk more about mothers this morning:
Sometimes I hear people say (as I have said in my life):
“My mom is mean”
“My mom is always nagging me”
“My mom is fat”
“My mom doesn’t care about me”
“I hate my mother!”
But I have some questions:
1. Who carried you in her womb for 9 months?
2. Who endured pregnancy for you?
3. Who labored with you (Gen 3:16)
4. Who fed you from her breast when you were a baby?
5. Who prepared milk and changed your diapers?