Summary: Mothers day message in the faith of the Canaanite women.
Mom’s of great faith
This is an unusual passage for Mothers Day.
Jesus is at the height of His ministry and is confronted by a Mother who claimed that her child was demon-possessed.
The disciples are annoyed that this Mom keeps bothering them and crying out for the help of Jesus.
Jesus answers that He was sent only for the “lost sheep of Israel” and she was a Canaanite women.
She acknowledges Jesus, and she is willing to settle for the crumbs that would fall from the masters table.
Is there a greater love than the love of a mother to her children? (Human love)
I am very sensitive this morning as I know mother’s day is hard for some.
If your mom is no longer with you, I pray that you get great joy from the memories and legacy that she has left behind.
If your mother was not the best, I pray that God allowed someone special to step up and be the mother that you lacked.
If you are a mother and you suffered any loss of loved ones, may the Lord comfort you and give you continued strength to be and do all that He needs you to do.
(28) Jesus sees this mother’s great faith and grants her request of healing at that moment.
There are some tremendous mothers recorded in the Bible
The greatest mother of all- Jesus mother
Elizabeth- the mother of John the Baptist.
Hannah- the mother who was barren, who promised and did give her child back to God as a dedication.
Sarah- wife of Abraham- late in life child, drama with a concubine, laughed at God, but was one of the matriarchs of the Bible.
There are many righteous mom’s recorded in the Bible, and many not so much, but all were used to bring about God’s design.
This weekend, as we give thanks for the mothers, or special ladies that are a part of our lives, consider how we can embody the traits that define a godly women.
The pressures on a mom today are greater than ever before.
I think it is the toughest job in the world. To say to a stay at home mom “your just a housewife” is not to understand the full responsibility of being a mom.
Mothers today are expected to excel in a success-driven society.
Have a successful career.
To keep a perfect house.
Have perfect kids.
Be a great cook.
Never get tired.
Look like a model at all times.
If moms ever went on strike, it would affect the whole world! That labor union is strong.
I. celebrate your mom-
If she is no longer with you, what memories do you hold unto and model in your life?
If your mother is still with you, how can you show her how much she means to you?
If she is still here, you can honor her.
“Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right, ”Honor your father and mother” which is the first commandment with a promise. That it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
God tells us that there is a blessing for honoring your parents.
No place does it say that they are perfect.
No one says that you must agree with them 100 %, but we are to honor them and that there is a consequence if we do not.
I don’t know about you, I try to remember the special things mom does. Those special stories, I won’t share any, but I hope we all have them.
I still believe my mother at 78 years old can see behind walls.
Her arm is able to reach however far away I am.
Mom can just give me a look that stops you in your tracks.
What I honor most is her faithfulness to God and to her children.
While being tough at times, I always felt her love and knew that there was no length she would not go for her children.
Just like this Canaanite women who came to Jesus- she was not going to be denied an opportunity to bring her child before the one who could heal.
A country hostile to Jews
Disciples trying to get her to go away and stop bothering Jesus.
We do not even know her name-
I believe because there are a lot of moms that would do that for their kids.
We should honor her, not because of being perfect, but because of the love she has for us.
Jimmy Dean had an illustration that has stuck with me. He tells the story of cleaning out his wallet and finding an I.O.U. in it for his mom. (Won’t tell the story)