By Rev Bill Woods
There’s a Russian story of a little girl who, during harvest time got separated from her mother.
She was crying hysterically, shouting for her Mama.
- People felt sorry for her and tried to help.
Everyone started asking her what her mother’s name was, what she looked like, what she was wearing, plus a lot other questions as well.
- The little girl got overwhelmed by all the questions and this made her sob even harder.
Finally, she managed to blurt out, “My mother is the most beautiful woman in the whole world!”
One old farmers said, “Finally! Now we’re getting somewhere!”
- The people began bringing in the good-looking women.
- There were blondes, redheads, and brunettes.
- Some had blue eyes, others hazel, and the rest brown and green.
They were, without a doubt, the prettiest girls that anyone could find.
- Certainly one of these beauties had to be the girl’s mother!
One by one, the women were brought to the little girl.
- She looked at each one and shook her head, “NO” each time.
- Finally, they came to the last person.
- “Is this your mother?”
The little girl looked at the beauty in front of her, shook her head and burst into tears.
- _”I told you, my mother is the most beautiful woman in the whole world!!!”
Suddenly a woman showed up huffing and puffing towards them.
- “I’m that child’s mother!”
Everyone peered to get a look at that woman.
- She was a short dumpy, lumpy little woman with a round, pleasant wind-burned face and sparkling eyes.
- She had rough chapped hands and soiled tattered clothes–she wasn’t a conventional beauty.
She rushed over to the little girl, scooped her up in her arms and smothered her with kisses all the while thanking the people for taking care of her daughter and keeping her safe.
The little girl was no longer crying, but was beaming from ear to ear.
She told everyone triumphantly, “I told you my mother was the most beautiful woman in the whole world!”
- To everyone else, the woman holding the child was plain and ordinary, but to her little girl she was, without question, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD!
There’s a lesson there, we do not love people because they are beautiful.
- They are beautiful because we love them!
My Mom used to worry that when I went to college I’d come home ashamed of my humble roots and be too proud to want to associate with my family.
– She didn’t have anything to worry about — I loved my family and my home.
Again, We don’t love people because they’re beautiful – they’re beautiful because we love them.
– We don’t love people because they’re rich —our bond and fellowship is rich because we love them.
A mother was fixing supper when her little boy came in and handed her a piece of paper he’d written. Mom dried her hands on an apron — she read it:
For cutting the grass $5.00
For cleaning my room this week $1.00
For going to the store for you .50
Baby-sitting my kid brother for you while you went shopping .25
Taking out the garbage $1.00
For getting a good report card $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard $2.00
Total Owed: $14.75
His mom looked at him standing there expectantly — you could see memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper and wrote:
For the 9 months I carried you while you grew inside me, No Charge.
For all the nights I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you, No Charge.
For all the trying times, and all the tears you’ve caused through the years, No Charge.
When you add it all up, the cost of my love is, No Charge.
For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead, No Charge.
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose, there’s No Charge, Son.
And when you add it all up, the full cost of real love is No Charge.
When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were tears in his eyes — he looked up at her and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.” .
– He took the pen and in big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL.”
I’ve been blessed to be personally involved with 3 wonderful mothers in my life. .
– My wife, my Mom, my Grandmother — and now to watch my two daughters, and two granddaughters realize how important it is to be good moms!
Mother’s Day is special to me.…………………
Today, I want to talk about 2 very special Moms in the Bible.
First, Moses’ mom, Jochebed
1 About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married.
2 The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months.
3 But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River.
4 The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.
5 Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her.
6 When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This must be one of the Hebrew children,” she said.
7 Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked.
8 “Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.
9 “Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.
10 Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.”
The Israelites had it pretty plush because of Joseph………………
Exodus 1:8 — Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.
The Jewish nation was growing so fast Pharaoh was worried he’d lose control and these Hebrews would take over Egypt.
– This king thought it necessary to weaken his Jewish subjects by oppressing them, and by degrees reducing their number.
To subdue them, he enslaved them, and used them to build numerous buildings, especially store-cities, temples, and palaces.
– The Israelites became slaves serving the Egyptians under very harsh circumstances.
Their lives were bitter from hard bondage — Exodus 1:13, 14 — So the Egyptians worked the people of Israel without mercy. 14 They made their lives bitter, forcing them to mix mortar and make bricks and do all the work in the fields. They were ruthless in all their demands.
– His oppression didn’t slow their population growth..
– Instead — Exodus 1:12 — But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more the Israelites multiplied and spread, and the more alarmed the Egyptians became.
Then the king demanded the midwives kill all the Hebrew baby boys at birth.
– The king’s orders weren’t rigorously enforced; the little boys were spared by the midwives, so “the people multiplied” more than ever.
Next, the king issued a proclamation ordering people to throw all the Hebrew baby boys into the river and drown them. — Exodus 1:22 —Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Throw every newborn Hebrew boy into the Nile River. But you may let the girls live.”
– The people wouldn’t do it — the king was frustrated.
One of the Hebrew families — Amram and his wife Jochebed and 2 children, 15 year old Miriam, and 3 year old Aaron lived in or near Memphis, the capital city at that time.
A baby boy was born to this family in 1571 B.C.
– His mother hid him in the house for 3 months.
– Imagine the stress of trying to keep him quiet so the authorities wouldn’t find him……
It became too hard to hide him.
– Jochebed came up with on a bold plan to get her boy noticed by the king’s daughter.
– She built a little boat of papyrus reeds and laid it among the bulrushes growing on the edge of the river where the princess took her bath.
- I guess you could say, Moses started out a basket case!
Her plan succeeded! — The Princess heard the baby crying and found him.
– Miriam was watching nearby and the Princess sent her to find a nurse, Miriam brought
– The Princess said, “Take this child away, and nurse him for me, and I’ll give you your wages.”
WOW! Look how God works! Jochebed’s baby was given back to her along with pay to raise him.
The princess named him “Moses” Exodus 2:10 — Later, when the boy was older, his mother brought him back to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him as her own son. The princess named him Moses, for she explained, “I lifted him out of the water.”
– Must’ve been like my Dad whose birth certificate said: “The unnamed Woods Child.”
When the baby was “house broke”, he was moved to the Royal Palace and raised as the adopted son of the Princess.
– Jochebed continued to care for him and home school him.
He grew up knowing all the grandeur and excitement of the Egyptian court.
– Mom maintained a constant relationship with him, which was so important to his religious belief and his interest in his Hebrew heritage.
The Egyptians provided his secular education.
– He had all the advantages of both physical and mental training.
– He became “learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians” — Acts 7:22 — Moses was taught all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was powerful in both speech and action.
- It makes you wonder why he would try to side-step God in answering God’s call by saying, “Here I am, send Aaron, I am slow of speech.” — Exodus 4:10
Egypt had 2 universities — he probably attended Heliopolis to complete his education.
– Moses was probably 20 years old when he completed his formal Egyptian education.
– It’d be another 20 years before he took his place in Bible history.
– Josephus wrote those 20 years were probably spent in military service where he became a hero in the war waged between Egypt and Ethiopia.
– He gained prestige as a skillful general, and became “mighty in deeds”
What a successful Mom, Jochebed was! Hebrews 11:24-25
24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.
- He could’ve been a prince, possibly the next Pharaoh, but because of his Mom, he chose to go God’s way! (Did you catch that Mom and Dad?)
Jochebed overcame so many obstacles to give her boy the foundation he needed to serve God.
So many parents complain they can’t raise their kids for God with the pressures of today’s society — “If you think you can or you can’t — you’re right!”
Mom (and Dad) God’s entrusted you with that life — one day you’ll account for the responsibility God’s entrusted to you.
When Tammy was born, Marty had a tremendous spiritual experience as she realized the impact of her responsibility to God and to this precious little life God had entrusted to her………. .
– She promised God she would do her best to raise both of our girls for Him.
But what if your kids are already grown and those formative years are past?
There’s still prayer and a positive witness of what God’s doing in your life. – Still grandkids!
It’ll take dedication and will, but you can do what must be done!
There was also the Nameless mother in Matthew 15:21-28:
21 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 A Gentile woman who lived there came to him, pleading, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! For my daughter is possessed by a demon that torments her severely.”
23 But Jesus gave her no reply, not even a word. Then his disciples urged him to send her away. “Tell her to go away,” they said. “She is bothering us with all her begging.”
24 Then Jesus said to the woman, “I was sent only to help God’s lost sheep—the people of Israel.”
25 But she came and worshiped him, pleading again, “Lord, help me!”
26 Jesus responded, “It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
27 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even dogs are allowed to eat the scraps that fall beneath their master’s table.”
28 “Dear woman,” Jesus said to her, “your faith is great. Your request is granted.” And her daughter was instantly healed.
Jesus put up barriers to test her faith and determination.
She passed His test because she wouldn’t let any barrier keep her child from being ministered to by Jesus.
– There are a lot of barriers today — don’t let them stop your child from learning to know Jesus.
Preachers, are told not to get too sentimental about motherhood because:
– for some, motherhood is an accident, and not always a welcome one;
– for some, biological motherhood isn’t possible;
– for some, mothers weren’t all that nice;
– for some, motherhood under the very best of circumstances still isn’t a bed of roses and a primrose path.
Poet Wilhelm Busch’s wrote: “To become a mother isn’t so difficult; on the other hand, being a mother is very much so!”
That goes for dads too! Just because you sired a child doesn’t make you a dad……………….
So, with all those warnings why bother with Mothers’ Day at all?
I heard about one lady who said she hated Mother’s Day because the sermons were always about the Proverbs 31 mothers…………..She felt like a failure.
Listen: God will help you succeed as a Mom or a Dad if you will let Him lead you in the way you should go!
Why bother with Mothers’ Day?
Because for all its stumbling blocks, pitfalls and broken dreams, for all the soiled diapers, soiled wallpaper and spoiled plans, we’re talking about a beautiful ideal, a natural part of God’s creative plan to bring love and caring to light. .
– Motherhood is a constant demand for the gift of love and — caring. Grandmothers can exemplify that too!
The family and home was God’s idea. We can’t let the perverts and wierdos ruin God’s Plan of a Mom and a Dad raising children together for the Lord.
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