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Summary: A brief look at 3 mothers whose lives greatly influenced the lives of their children.

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Godly Mothers

Exodus 1:15-2:8

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

A teacher asked a boy this question: Suppose your mother baked a pie and there were seven of you--your parents and five children. What part of the pie would you get? A sixth, replied the boy. I’m afraid you don’t know your fractions, said the teacher, Remember, there are seven of you. Yes, teacher, said the boy, but you don’t know my mother. Mother would say she didn’t want any pie.

EXODUS 1

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."

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.

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 means literally: “Taken out” and his name was prophetic. The Lord used him to take a whole nation out of Egypt and to save them through the water. Pharaoh gave the order to drawn the Hebrew children in the water but his own descendents died under the water when they persecuted Moses in the red sea.

1. A GOOD MOTHERS IS: A LOVING MOTHER

Exodus 2:1-8

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.

5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it.

6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. "This is one of the Hebrew babies," she said.

7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, "Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?"

8 "Yes, go," she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother.

9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, "Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you." So the woman took the baby and nursed him.

10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, "I drew him out of the water."

1. God protects the Priestly family. The baby was a Levite – The tribe of the priests.

2. Moses mother knows the law of Pharaoh and she puts her son in the river not knowing what would happen. He was placed in an ark..

3. Not only Moses mother keep her son alive but she was paid to nurse him with the money of the family who wanted to kill him.

Illustration

On this day that we honor mothers, its good for us to think about how much you really do. Being a mother is not a walk in the park…

By the time a child reaches 18, a mother has had to handle some extra 18,000 hours of child-generated work. In fact, women who never have children enjoy the equivalent of an extra three months a year in leisure time!

Moses mother was the strongest human influence in the life of Moses. He was able to fulfill his call because he had a mother that didn’t gave up on him.

Illustration

A young father was trying to explain the concept of marriage to his 4-year-old daughter. He got out their wedding album, thinking visual images would help, and explained the entire wedding service to her. When he was finished, he asked if she had any questions. She pointed to a picture of the wedding party and asked, “Daddy, is that when mommy came to work for us?

1. A Good Mother is a LOVING MOTHER

II. A GOOD MOTHER HAS A PERSEVERING SPIRIT

1 Samuel 1

A. In verse 5 we are told that Elkanah gave a special

portion of the sacrifice to Hannah because he

loved her very much (even though she was barren).

1. In verse 9 we see that Hannah was a woman of

personal devotion to God.

2. After the meal, she went to the tabernacle to pray to the Lord. The Bible says that she was in “deep anguish, crying bitterly” as she prayed.

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