Summary: Mother's Day
“The Measure of a Mother”
Two kids went into their parent’s bathroom and noticed the weigh scale in the corner. "Whatever you do," cautioned one youngster to the other, "Don't step on it!"
"Why not?" asked the sibling.
"Because every time mom does, she lets out an awful scream!"
“And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.”
I. She can be measured by her ways
You know you're a mom when you're up each night until 10 PM vacuuming, dusting, wiping, washing, drying, loading, unloading, shopping, cooking, driving, flushing, ironing, sweeping, picking up, changing sheets, changing diapers, bathing, helping with homework, paying bills, budgeting, clipping coupons, folding clothes, putting to bed, dragging out of bed, brushing, chasing, buckling, feeding (them, Not you), PLUS swinging, playing baseball, bike riding, pushing trucks, cuddling dolls, rollerblading, basketball, football, catch, bubbles, sprinklers, slides, nature walks, coloring, crafts, jumping rope, PLUS raking, trimming, planting, edging, mowing, gardening, painting, and walking the dog. You get up at 5:30 AM and you have no time to eat, sleep, drink or go to the bathroom, and yet ... you still managed to gain 10 pounds.
A. Her relationships (She had married an older man and was childless but not embittered by her situation and she was from the tribe of Issachar and was therefore a worshipper of Jehovah)
B. Her realization (As Elisha traveled on his itinerant she noticed him and reasoned that he must be a man of God)
C. Her response (She and her husband decide to offer this holy man provisions and a place to rest)
II. She can be measured by her walk
A. She walked in grace (The word “great” probably refers to the fact that she and her husband may have been affluent which seems likely, nevertheless they were gracious folks who saw an opportunity to show a kindness to this man of God.)
B. She walked in generosity (The decision to invite the prophet in and make full provision of a guest room (prophet’s chamber) was taken before they extended the actual invitation. The Scriptures abound with examples of likeminded women who ministered to the needs of those in the service of God. Jesus Himself, was often times refreshed by Mary and Martha in their home at Bethany and of all the Lord’s followers it is the women who proved to be the most faithful in loyalty and service to Him. The original word from which hospitality is derived – hospes – means a guest, and also a host, one who entertains a guest. Numerous words are formed from this root word. Hospital, hospice, and even hotel are related to the word. The early church was exhorted to “Use hospitality one to another without grudging, “ 1 Peter 4:9 We are told that sometimes when we extend hospitality to strangers, we may be “entertaining angels, unawares.”