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Summary: Be who God has made you to be -- a woman (man) of faith.

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WHAT IS A NORMAL MOM?

II Timothy 1.5

S: Normal moms

Th: Mother’s Day

Pr: BE WHO GOD HAS MADE YOU TO BE.

KW: Mothers

TS: We will find in our study of Scripture seven unique moms with their own strengths and weaknesses.

Type: Topical

The ____ mother is…

I. REBEKAH

II. JOCHEBED

III. NAOMI

IV. HANNAH

V. BATHSHEBA

VI. SALOME

VII. EUNICE

Version: ESV

RMBC 13 May 07 AM

INTRODUCTION:

ILL Mother (H)

There was a young man, that when he graduated from high school, he had to give a speech. He began by reading from his prepared text. "I want to talk about my mother and the wonderful influence she has had on my life," he told the audience. "She is a shining example of parenthood, and I love her more than words could ever do justice."

At this point he seemed to struggle for words. After a pause, he looked up with a sly grin and said, "It’s really hard to read my mom’s handwriting."

There is no doubt that our mother’s do have a profound influence.

That’s what one daughter concluded about her mother…

ILL Mother (H)

The grown-up children were reminiscing about their childhood at a birthday dinner they had prepared. They wondered how mom always seemed to know what they had done.

Her daughter turned to her and said, "I know – it’s because you’re momnipotent.

Today, we want to take a quick look into Scripture, and we will find seven unique moms with their own strengths and weaknesses.

What I hope you will find is that the perfect moms are really very few and far between.

So, if you are feeling that you are less than perfect and you have no idea what a normal mom is, take heart from these examples.

OUR STUDY:

I. The first mother is REBEKAH (Genesis 25:28).

We are told in Genesis 25 that…

Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

Now it appears this family was a bit dysfunctional.

Each parent had a favorite son.

Isaac favored Esau.

Rebekah favored Jacob.

And I am sure there were plenty of fireworks over this.

But I am convinced of this…

Esau would have been wiser to pay more attention to his mom!

Why?

Because moms are powerful, as both sons found out.

Rebekah maneuvered Jacob into getting the blessing that belonged to Esau.

And though, she did play favorites, it does show that you don’t mess with mom.

II. The second mother is JOCHEBED (Exodus 2.1-3, 6.20).

Who is Jochebed?

We find her in this familiar story in Exodus…

Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank.

This is a woman that was desperate.

Since the pharaoh had sentenced the Hebrew baby boys to death, her baby son was in peril.

She did not want her son to die.

So she sent him out on the river, hoping, somehow, some way, he might be saved.

And Moses was rescued.

And of all people, it was pharaoh’s daughter.

All because a mom was desperate enough to do something, she saw God go to work on her behalf.

III. The third mother is NAOMI (Ruth 1:19-21).

Naomi had had a really hard time.

Her husband and both her sons died, leaving her with no grandchildren and two daughter-in-laws.

One of them, Ruth, accompanies her back to her hometown of Bethlehem…

So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, "Is this Naomi?" She said to them, "Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?"

She was bitter.

She was in despair.

She did not know why God had allowed it, but even in the bitterness, she would find that her faith would sustain her.

She would find out that God was going to bless her greatly, for she would become the great-great grandmother of King David.

IV. The fourth mother is HANNAH (I Samuel 1.4-8).

Hannah was without children – barren.

And to make it worse, there was a rival wife – Penninah, who took it upon herself to giver Hannah a hard time.

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