Summary: Mothers are not perfect, mothers will fight for their children, mothers love their children, and mothers know their children.

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Mother’s Day, 2007 Jay Davis Robison 1 KINGS 3:16-28

Happy Mother’s Day! Of course should celebrate moms more often,

Let’s face it, mothers do a lot for us they have a special place

Perhaps their greatest contribution is The things moms teach us

About RECEIVING: "You are going to get it when we get home!"

About LOGIC: "Because I said so, that’s why."

MEDICAL SCIENCE: "Stop crossing eyes they’ll freeze that way."

RELIGION: "You better pray that will come out of the carpet."

GENETICS: "You’re just like your father." "were born in a barn?"

JUSTICE: "When you have kids, I hope they turn out just like you.”

TIME TRAVEL: "If you don’t straighten up, I’m going to knock

you into the middle of next week!"

FORESIGHT: "Always wear clean underwear,

In case you’re in an accident."

CONTORTIONISM: "Will you look at dirt on back of your neck!"

WEATHER: "It looks as if a tornado swept through your room."

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: Millions starving in China you

won’t eat your peas!"

DOING THE IMPOSSIBLE: & "If you fall out of that tree & break your neck, don’t come crying to me”

THE CIRCLE OF LIFE: "I brought you into this world,

and I can take you out."

Moms are pretty complex, I’ve never been one so I am no authority

Why I must lean on Bible open God’s word

see how it applies to us today

1 Kings 3 when Solomon wisest man in world became King

difficult case before him 2 Mothers with a problem


I do not say this to drag mothers down but to build them up.

No one needs to be treated with more tenderness than our mother.

Impossible job God allows miracle of life inside you

Or God chooses you to be adoptive parent

Sometimes we too hard on them. Sometimes they hard on selves.

Passage today two moms these are not “Mothers of the Year”

Fact that no characters named, or towns, means principles to learn

The two mothers in this story were prostitutes! Living under roof

Babies conceived in sin probably don’t know who father is

That grabs you! Makes you sit up in your pew & take notice!

Clearly they not ideal Mom, what ways do you come up short?

You know best circumstances in world not prepared motherhood

But God gives us ability to accomplish what we not qualified to do.

Real mothers do not have to be perfect. They’re works in progress

From moment of conception mothers experience changes.

Physically & emotionally they different spiritually they need God.

Everyone here today has an imperfect mother All of fall short.

Why did Solomon, king over God’s chosen people,

even take the time to worry with two prostitutes?

These women, & sinful men who paid for them out of God’s will.


This passage doesn’t teach right to be prostitute.

Doesn’t comment on behavior of stealing baby and lied to the king.

Doesn’t teach resolve debate by killing innocent kids

Does show us king smart enough to appeal to maternal instinct


Moms fight for defenseless & their kids forever defenseless.

There is nothing as strong AS A MOM WHOSE CHILD IS


If you don’t like me, something I’ve said or done, no like sermon

All I have to say to you is 570-992-7051 you call that number

Tell 5ft the 70+ yr old lady on the phone, You have a problem

w\one she calls “My Son Jay” I’ll pray for you

A mother’s love is universally well known. See it in animal kingdom

No one wants to get between a momma & her baby….

National Geographic caught a mom in action

2 dramatic pictures side by side.

1 was of a burned out forest w\a bird underneath a burned out tree.

bird was a ghostly silhouette of ash at the base of the tree.

2nd picture showed a fireman kicking this ashen silhouette

only to discover half dozen little chicks alive!

Mom bird died self wrapping around her chicks to protect young.

These women were FIGHTING OVER A BABY

It seems that heroine of story & roommate gave birth at same time,

Sadly one mom rolled over son and killed him, so took living son.

Both moms claimed living son theirs. Speeches by the women,

Vs 18 the central dilemma is repeated for Solomon three times

The women alone were there no one witnessed the event

Babies are very young. Each one was fighting to be a mother

As Deborah Kemp was pumping gas, a man jumped in driver’s seat

of her car & began to pull away. 6 year-old daughter asleep in back

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