Summary: This is an uplifting, encouraging sermon with a different spin, for Mother’s Day.
Today God has an encouraging word for all you moms here today… And He’s bringing it to you through the example of the two most famous moms in history. ? Who can tell me who they are?
1: Eve, mother of mankind and of the age of the law and judgment. GO EVE!!!
2: Mary, mother of our Savior Jesus and of the dispensation of grace, redemption and the salvation of all who believe.
Eve made the mess and Mary gave birth to the One who cleaned it up!
The Bible says after God created the heavens and the earth, He created Adam and Eve.
Eve had no one to learn how to be a mother from, how to dress, how to sit right or how to cook because there was no such thing as a mom yet. She learned everything she had to learn from God.
Like Eve, not all moms are raised with a nurturing mother at home, but the beauty of a close relationship with The Lord is that He teaches how to be everything He intends for us to be!
Eve had a unique challenge… She had a little time to learn a lot.
She learned how to be a parent by example…
The first thing God said to Adam and Eve was DON’T!
“Don’t What?” Adam replied.
“DON’T EAT THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT!” God said.
“Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? HEY EVE, WE HAVE FORBIDDEN FRUIT!”
Eve: “NO WAY!”
Adam: “YES, WAY!”
“DO NOT EAT THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT!” God said.
Adam & Eve: “WHY?”
“BECAUSE I’M YOUR FATHER AND I SAID SO!”
God replied, wondering why He hadn’t stopped creating things after making the elephant.
A few minutes later, God sees the kids having an apple and boy was He upset! (Can you relate?)
“DIDN’T I TELL YOU NOT TO EAT THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT?!”
Adam with apple hanging out of his mouth: “Uh-huh…”
Eve with apple hanging out of her mouth: “I don’t know…”
Adam: “She started it…” Eve: “Did not…” Did too, did not…
So, Eve learned discipline by God’s example… Having HAD IT with the two of them,
God’s punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own. Thus was the beginning of Eve: the first mother EVER, in all of creation!
But praise God for Eve! Let’s not give her a bad rap this morning. She had some unique challenges in her lifetime, which by the way was probably around 900 years… She had enough time in her life to give birth to over 300 children and that’s if she only had one child every three years.
Those kids knew how to multiply and they had the potential to give birth to ******** descendants before Adam returned to dust! Now you know eve had some challenges remembering birthdays and grandkids names! Thank goodness there were no real holidays back then or Christmas could really have been a nightmare for Eve!
Another tough time for Eve was raising the kids. Back then there was no Dr. James Dobson or Focus on the Family… And we all know Eve wasn’t going to take advice from Adam.
What woman ever has taken her husbands advice on raising the kids?
What man has ever taken a woman’s advice on how to drive?
When it came to child rearing, Eve had to be the world’s greatest inventor. She had to invent “Time Out,” the wooden spoon, and no TV for the rest of the day punishments for the first time… On top of all that, Cain and Abel always played too rough. They defined sibling rivalry for the rest of the world, so when she came in and told Adam, “Your son Cain just killed his brother Abel!” Adam probably just thought she meant one of the boys got hurt…
So Eve suffered some pretty unique challenges as the world’s first mom… And I’m sure many of you moms face some unique challenges of your own!
But there is reassurance in the story:
If you have persistently and lovingly tried to discipline your children and give them the best advice you know how, and if they still don’t listen, then don’t be too hard on yourself… Consider the fact: she learned from the greatest parent of all: Abba Father, and even HE had trouble raising His children. What makes you think it’s going to be a piece of cake for you?
Mothers spend the first 2 years of their children’s lives teaching them how to walk and talk, then they spend the next sixteen years telling them to sit down and shut up.
As their children grow, mothers learn that children are listening. They seldom misquote anything you say; especially when it’s something you shouldn’t have said.
Mothers discover the main purpose of holding children’s parties is to remind your self there are plenty of children more awful than your own.