Summary: I think at some point after we become followers of Christ we become Christianized in a way that insulates us and makes us forget just how “crazy” the claims of Christianity are. This month I want us to revisit some of the stories the in Scripture that be
Ex. 1.8 – 2.10 (Mother's Day)
MOM’S MAKE A GREAT DIFFERENCE
When we think of Moses life we see all the mountain tops and valleys and behold a man of valiant faith. How often do we consider his mother, beyond the image of her placing him in a basket in the bulrushes? How many can answer: What was Moses’ momma’s name?
We know she was a woman of great courage and Faith.
Heb 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's edict.
But, how big a difference did she make in Moses’ life. My contention is that she made an awesome difference.
GROWING UP IN THE GHETTO OF GOSHEN
• Elvis song: “In The Ghetto”- Shows the depression and pain
• The word Ghetto brings to mind crime, poverty, etc.
• Affliction and Oppression (8-14)
• Midwives and Murder (15-22)
A HOME MARKED BY HOPE
When Jochebed learned she was pregnant don’t you think that the question was in her mind if not spoken out loud? What will happen if the child she carries is a boy? What would they do?
• Demonstrated Courageous Protection
• Devised a Creative Scheme
• Delivered Concentrated and Consistent Nurturing
What was life like knowing that at any minute their scheme could be found out and the soldiers could break down the door and kill the entire family?
WHY JOCHEBED GETS MY VOTE FOR CRAZIEST MOTHER:
• Crazy in Defying Pharoah
• Crazy in Keeping The Child
• Crazy in Placing Baby in Basket in the Crocodile Infested Nile River
• Crazy in Sending Daughter to Watch the Basket
SOME TRUTHS TO TAKE HOME
(Moms Might Seem a Little Crazy at times)
• Be Careful not to Overestimate the Importance of “Environment”
• Be Careful not to Underestimate the Importance of Parenting
• A Faithful Model is Valuable in Times Such as These
• A Mother’s Presence and Love is Priceless at all Times
Mom’s, (this might sound a little crazy) here are three precious gifts to give your family on Mother’s Day
• Your Faith
• Your Constant Love and Presence
Exodus 1:8-2:10 (HCSB)
8 A new king, who had not known Joseph, came to power in Egypt.
9 He said to his people, “Look, the Israelite people are more numerous and powerful than we are.
10 Let us deal shrewdly with them; otherwise they will multiply [further], and if war breaks out, they may join our enemies, fight against us, and leave the country.”
11 So the Egyptians assigned taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. They built Pithom and Rameses as supply cities for Pharaoh.
12 But the more they oppressed them, the more they multiplied and spread so that the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites.
13 They worked the Israelites ruthlessly
14 and made their lives bitter with difficult labor in brick and mortar, and in all kinds of fieldwork. They ruthlessly imposed all this work on them.
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah,
16 “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.”
17 The Hebrew midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live.
18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?”
19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “The Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women, for they are vigorous and give birth before a midwife can get to them.”
20 So God was good to the midwives, and the people multiplied and became very numerous.
21 Since the midwives feared God, He gave them families.
22 Pharaoh then commanded all his people: “You must throw every son born to the Hebrews into the Nile, but let every daughter live.”
1 Now a man from the family of Levi married a Levite woman.
2 The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son; when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.
3 But when she could no longer hide him, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with asphalt and pitch. She placed the child in it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.
4 Then his sister stood at a distance in order to see what would happen to him.
5 Pharaoh’s daughter went down to bathe at the Nile while her servant girls walked along the riverbank. Seeing the basket among the reeds, she sent her slave girl to get it.