A teacher asked a boy this question: Suppose your mother baked a pie and there were seven of you—your parents and five children. What part of the pie would you get? A sixth, replied the boy. I’m afraid you don’t know your fractions, said the teacher, Remember, there are seven of you. Yes, teacher, said the boy, but you don’t know my mother. Mother would say she didn’t want any pie.
Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you.
Moses received this commandment from God.
What does it mean to honor your father and mother? In the original language the word “honor” literally means “to make heavy.” In other words, we are not to take our parents lightly. God calls us to actively give them respect and reverence.
This commandment is tough to chew on because we live in an age of disrespect. Youth is glorified and old age is seen as something to avoid at all costs. On TV and in the movies kids are most often portrayed as the witty heroes. Parents tend to be the pathetic, overbearing buffoons, especially dads. Anybody remember Al Bundy or Homer Simpson? The elderly are most often viewed as senile and to be avoided if you want to have a good time. In this case it seems that the media is reflecting the attitude of the culture, disrespect of parents and grandparents.
Just as with all of God’s commandments, this one has terrible consequences for nations and individuals if it’s not heeded.
WHY SHOULD WE INSIST ON RESPECT?
The honor you give is the honor you receive.
A four-year-old and a six-year-old presented their Mom with a house plant. They had used their own money and she was thrilled. The older of them said with a sad face, There was a bouquet that we wanted to give you at the flower shop. It was real pretty, but it was too expensive. It had a ribbon on it that said, ’Rest In Peace’, and we thought it would be just perfect since you are always asking for a little peace so that you can rest.
EXODUS 1 15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 “When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live.” 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live.
22 Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
Shiphrah –Handsome, trumpet, that does good. Puah – Mouth, corner, bush of hair Moses means literally: “Taken out” and his name was prophetic. The Lord used him to take a whole nation out of Egypt and to save them through the water.
Pharaoh gave the order to drawn the Hebrew children in the water but his own descendents died under the water when they persecuted Moses in the red sea.
1. A GOOD MOTHERS IS: A PRIESTLY MOTHER
Exodus 2:1-8 1 Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. 5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 6 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. 7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” 8 “Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
- God protects the Priestly family. The baby was a Levite – The tribe of the priests.
- Moses mother followed the law of Pharaoh and she puts her son in the river not knowing what would happen. He was placed in papyrus wish was the ancient paper. This is a symbol of the Word of God. Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible.
- Not only Moses mother got her son alive but she was paid to nurse him with the money of the family who wanted to kill him first.
- His mother and his sister Miriam who was a gifted poet and musician raised Moses.
Illustration On this day that we honor mothers, its good for us to think about how much you really do. Being a mother is not a walk in the park… By the time a child reaches 18, a mother has had to handle some extra 18,000 hours of child-generated work. In fact, women who never have children enjoy the equivalent of an extra three months a year in leisure time! Moses mother was the strongest human influence in the life of Moses. He was able to fulfill his call because he had a mother that didn’t gave up on him.
Illustration A young father was trying to explain the concept of marriage to his 4-year-old daughter. He got out their wedding album, thinking visual images would help, and explained the entire wedding service to her. When he was finished, he asked if she had any questions. She pointed to a picture of the wedding party and asked, “Daddy, is that when mommy came to work for us?
2. A GOOD MOTHER: IS A WOMAN THAT HAS PERSEVERANCE OF SPIRIT
1 Samuel 1 In verse 5 we are told that Elkanah gave a special portion of the sacrifice to Hannah because he loved her very much (even though she was barren).
In verse 9 we see that Hannah was a woman of personal devotion to God. After the meal, she went to the tabernacle to pray to the Lord. The Bible says that she was in “deep anguish, crying bitterly” as she prayed. Listen, when we pray like this God takes notice! When we get down to business with God in prayer, He will take notice! In the intensity of her prayer she made this vow: “Lord, if You look down on my sorrow, answer my prayer and give me a son, then, I will give him back to You. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign of his dedication to the Lord his hair will never be cut.” Verse 19 reports that as soon as they got home Hannah became pregnant and 9 months later gave birth to a boy and named him Samuel. Hallelujah our God is a God who answers prayer!
In fact, the name Samuel literally means “heard by God.”
Within the character of a godly mom you’ll find perseverance of spirit. When external circumstances looked impossible, Hannah sought God, got hold of God, was answered by God, was touched by God – she persevered and turned the impossible into the possible and she conceived – Hallelujah! The bond between a mother and her infant child is powerful. And so Hannah chose to stay home and nurse Samuel until he was weaned. Then she would fulfill her vow and give him to the service of the Lord for the rest of his life.
Within the character of a godly mom you’ll find a great capacity for physical and spiritual nurture. If a godly mom raised you, you are indeed blessed. You have no idea how much she nurtured you. You have no idea how much she sacrificed for you. You have no idea how much time she spent on her knees before God for you.
A praying mom is a powerful force!
3. A GOOD MOTHER: IS ONE THAT KNOWS HOW TO MAKE A DISCIPLE
2 Timothy 2:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.
We need to be mentored. Each one of us needs to be mentored. We need to be told how to live life. We need to be taught about what is really important. Someone has said, “Mothers write on the hearts of their children what the rough hand of the world cannot erase.” I think that quote says it well that Mothers are disciple-makers. They have the opportunity to hand down their faith about God. They have the unique ability to demonstrate God’s love and grace. This was the testimony of Timothy about his grandmother, Lois, and his mother, Eunice. They guided Timothy to belief in Jesus.
Illustration A teacher gave her class of second graders a lesson on the Magnet and what it does. The next day in a written test, she included this question: My full name has six letters. The first one is M. I pick up things. What am I? When the test papers were turned in, the teacher was astonished to find that almost 50 percent of the students answered the question with the word Mother.
Genesis 3:20*And Adam called his wife name Eve; because she was the MOTHER of all living.
The greatest calling of God today is not for Presidents or Pastors, the greatest call is for Godly Mothers to arise to the high call, and raise children in the fear of God! There is no greater call than a committed Mother! Mothers go UN-applauded and unappreciated, but God sees.