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Summary: Moses became the kind of man he did because God supplied him with 2 mothers. But one of those mothers supplied him with something the other could not. Do you know what that was?

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OPEN: Real Mothers are special people.

Real mothers would like to be able to eat a whole candy bar (all by themselves) and drink a Coke without any "floaters" in it.

Real Mothers know that their kitchen utensils are probably going to end up in the sandbox.

Real Mothers often have sticky floors, filthy ovens and happy kids.

Real Mothers know that dried play dough doesn’t come out of shag carpets.

Real Mothers sometimes ask "Why me?" and get their answer when a little voice says, "Because I love you best."

Real Mothers know that a child’s growth is not measured by height or years or grade.

It is marked by the progression of Mama to Mom to Mother...

APPLY: Real mothers are an integral part of our lives.

We wouldn’t be who we are without our mothers.

Some of the greatest people in history will tell you how important their mothers were to their lives. George Washington, for example, declared: “All I am I owe to my mother”.

This was also true of one of the greatest men in Old Testament history, a man named Moses. Moses became the kind of man he was because of the type of mother he had. In fact, who he was, was very much determined by the type of MOTHERS he had, because God gave Moses two mothers.

And they were both good mothers because they both had some of the same instincts for their roles.

For example: They both loved babies

Now, that may seem like a given… but not every woman loves kids.

ILLUS: I once read the story of a woman who went shopping for swimsuits with her mother.

In the department store, though, she was having a hard time finding one that fit. After trying on at least 10, all to no avail, she grew increasingly frustrated.

Trying to calm her, her mother said "Look at it this way: what would you rather have – the husband and three children who adore you, or a swimsuit that fits?"

Before she could answer, a faceless voice from the next dressing room stall replied

"I want a swimsuit that fits!"

Not every woman wants kids.

But these two did.

And that WAS no small thing in their day because Moses’ 2 mothers lived in a culture of death.

A decree had gone out from the throne of Pharaoh that every male child born to a Hebrew was to thrown into the Nile and drowned. And Moses’ birth mother – Jochebed – was a Hebrew woman.

Thus, she had a choice to make.

The society in which she lived made it virtually impossible to keep her child and she could have decided to simply allow her child to be thrown away. I mean - her son was not wanted.

She could have chosen death (the easy choice)… but she chose life instead.

And this was not an easy decision for Jochebed to make.

It required her to hide her child for 3 whole months always fearing that Egyptian soldiers would discover the baby… and not only would they kill her child but punish her entire family for disobeying the law.

Choosing life was not an easy decision.

But then consider Pharaoh’s daughter.

She knew who this baby was.

Exodus 2:6 tells us “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.”

She knew he was a Hebrew.

Her father had decreed these children should die.

Her society had decided that these babies shouldn’t live.

Common wisdom had determined that these children were a threat to their nation.

It would have been so easy to let the child die.

But she chose life instead.

Both mothers lived in a culture of death.

Both mothers lived in a society that has decreed certain children shouldn’t live.

And so do we.

ILLUS: Just last month, down in Florida, they had proposed a law that would have required abortion providers to offer pregnant mothers the opportunity to see ultrasounds of their unborn children.

That’s ALL that law would have required.

In fact, the bill did NOT require the mothers to look at the ultrasounds.

And yet that law died in the Florida senate.

Why? Because we live in a culture of death

We live in a society that decrees that certain children should die.

(AP – David Royse – May 1, 2008)

Now I want you to understand something:

God punished Egypt because of their culture of death.

Egypt’s culture of death required that every male child born to the Hebrews was to die.

When God punished Egypt He bro’t 10 plagues down upon them. Do you remember what the last one was?

God decreed: “Every FIRSTBORN SON in Egypt will die, from the firstborn son of Pharaoh, who sits on the throne, to the firstborn son of the slave girl, who is at her hand mill...” Exodus 11:5

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Jerry Shirley

commented on May 5, 2010

I''m known on SC for my mother''s day sermons, and I have even preached on this text, but I have to say this is the best I''ve ever seen, thanks and to God be the glory for it!!

Greg Nance

commented on May 8, 2010

Jeff, God bless you! This really hits the ball out of the park.

David Cooper

commented on May 5, 2011

Excellent... Jeff Strite''s messages are always good with current day apllication...

Robert Giffin

commented on May 6, 2011

Robert Giffin says...This message created in my mind a new view, how God used two mothers to mold a man that would change the course of history. Very powerful message. It really blessed me.

Danny Brightwell

commented on May 6, 2014

Great sermon! Thank you, Jeff.

Curtis Seright

commented on May 6, 2016

I'm curious if there was any negative feedback to this sermon. I agree it is a powerful message and one that I want to deliver, but does including the emphasis of life vs abortion on "Mother's Day" do some type of damage perhaps? I certainly don't mean to take away from the good this sermon delivers, just looking for thoughts about its use on Mother's Day.

Jeff Strite

commented on May 6, 2016

Curtis, it's been a while since I've preached this sermon but I have not (till your enquiry) had anyone question the suitable nature of including abortion in the Mother's Day sermon. Jerry Shirley (as you'll note at the bottom of these comments) is a talented preacher and gave me the honor of complimenting me on how it was done. However - you need to decide for yourself what will work for your audience whether such an approach is the best way to answer the needs of your people

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