Summary: A Sermon that shows God’s charcter in a Godly mother.
Just Like Mom!
Text: Isaiah 66:10-14
Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 12 For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
God wants us to know Him, and many times in Scripture He uses different pictures and examples to reveal Himself and His character to us. Today we have gathered together to worship our God and to honor the mothers among us. God considers the role of motherhood to be a very high calling. Mothers are the ones who provides the nurturing in a family, her love is unconditional, she is always there for her children no matter what, and finally when the world seems to be against you your mother is there to comfort and support you. No wonder that God has elected to describe Himself in the terms of a “mother” all of the above characteristics are the same characteristics that God uses to describe himself.
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
When danger is present a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings to shelter and protect them. God wants to do that same thing for us. But we reject His offer and scatter about and not seek the safety and comfort that He wants to provide for us.
The story is told of a man who was looking over the charred remains of his farm after a terrible fire. He noticed a lump of something in the barnyard that was still moving. He kicked it and from underneath came a little chick. That mother hen had faced the fire and gave her life to protect the chick. That is how our Lord described Himself. "How often would I have gathered thy children..." That is exactly what Jesus did for us when He bore our sin on the cross and gave up His life to pay for our sin debt.
This morning I want you to see the great gift that God gave when He gave us mothers, but more importantly I want you to see and receive the greatest gift, His Son, Jesus Christ!
I. There Is No Protector Like a Mother
A. Consider the animal kingdom.
1. A Dog and her pups. A mother dog will guard her puppies with her very life. Those puppies are the most important thing in her existence at that moment.
2. Gentle cows will turn on you if they perceive that you are going to harm their calves.