Look now at Genesis 2:1-4,

"And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him."

In Exodus chapter 2 Moses’ mother Jochebed took great risks to protect her son. Unfortunately, this woman was a slave among a very brutal people. The plan of the Pharaoh was to control the Hebrew people though controlling the male population. The Hebrew people would soon be a stagnant race and Egypt would have total absolute control over them. The problem for the Pharaoh is that the midwives did not obey his command and allowed boys to live and the nation of Israel grew strong in spirit and in number… which was the fear of Egypt. But that didn’t stop the cruelty, it only worsened it.

And you know the story how Moses’ mother put him in a basket to protect him. She could no longer hide him and feared that death would come to her son. She placed him in the Nile River and trusted God. His sister watched him from a distance and saw his rescue by the Pharaoh’s daughter. She even offered "a woman" to be the nurse for the baby and Moses’ own mother became his nanny.

Like Jochebed, mothers have protected us in many ways.

-They have protected us physically and kept us from danger.

-Mothers have protected us morally by teaching us right from wrong.

-Many times they have also protected us emotionally by keeping us from things they knew would hurt us.

-Mothers have also protected our spirits and brought us up to love and serve the Lord.

And mother’s today more than ever need to keep protecting their children from the world, the flesh and the devil. Now is not the time to stop being protective and letting down our guard. WE have so many negative and ungodly influences that we must be more vigilant than ever. I am not saying that we need to go to a high mountain somewhere and hide our children in a cave, but I am saying that we need to be very careful of everything that they see, everything that they hear, and everywhere that they go. Children are a gift from God that we have on loan for just a short time and we are going to be held accountable for not protecting our children the way we could and should have.

Speaking about children in Matthew 18:6 Jesus said,

"But whoso shall offend (That is, cause to fall, or to sin; or who should place anything in their way to hinder their piety or happiness;) one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone (a large heavy stone used for grinding grain) were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."

Wow! I guess Jesus loves children and cares about them very much. Sounds very protective too!

Story:

This is a true story that happened during the Holocaust. Solomon Rosenberg, his wife and their two sons were arrested and placed in a concentration camp. The rules were simple. As long as they did their work, they were permitted to live. When they became too weak to work, they would be exterminated.
Rosenberg watched as his own father and mother were marched off to their deaths and he knew that his youngest son David would be next because he had always been a frail child. Every evening Solomon Rosenberg came back into the barracks after his hours of hard labor and searched for the faces of his family. When he found them they would huddle together, embrace one another and thank God for another day of life.
One day he came back and didn’t see those familiar faces. He finally discovered his oldest son, Joshua, in a corner sobbing and praying. "Josh, tell me it’s not true." Joshua turned to his dad and said, "It’s true. Today David was not strong enough to do his work and so they took him away."

Rosenberg then asked his son, "But where is your mother?" Little Joshua could barely speak and finally uttered, "When they came for David, he was afraid and cried out and so mommy took his hand and went with him."

That’s an example of a protective Mother.

 

  • THE SUPPORTIVE MOTHER:
  • HANNAH in 1 SAMUEL Chapter one.

    I Samuel 1:11-22,

    "And she (Hannah) vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD. Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto. Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad. And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her. Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the LORD. And the man Elkanah, and all his house, went up to offer unto the LORD the yearly sacrifice, and his vow. But Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD, and there abide for ever."

    In I Samuel Chapter one we have the story of Hannah who had prayed for a son for many years (she was barren). After years of prayer and endurance, God gave her a son, Samuel and she in turn gave him to the Lord. It was a promise she had made to the Lord… She said "God give me a son and I will give Him back to you." Samuel was taken to the Lord’s house when he was of appropriate age and he was left with the priest Eli to become a servant of the Lord. She continued to support him in the Lord’s work.

    Look down at I Samuel 2:18 & 19,

    "But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod.

       

    Moreover his mother made him a little coat, and brought it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice."

       

    Hannah not only gave her son Samuel back to the Lord but supported him in the ministry and was an encouragement to him.

    There are three things that we can learn from Hannah.

    1. God answers prayer concerning children. Those of you who have children today, you know full well the importance of prayer in their lives. Prayer can make the difference in having a wayward child or a submissive child.

    2. We should dedicate and give our children to the Lord to use them as He sees fit. We need to see that our children are a gift from God and are lent to us for a short season. We need to give them back to the Lord at a young age and teach them to serve the Lord while their young.

    3. We should support our children in doing the Lord’s will.

    The best thing that could ever happen to one of our children is if God called them into fulltime ministry. AMEN! Some of us are just scared to death that our little Felix or Poindexter is going to be called to Africa or China or something like that. You know what? It is safer to be in God’s will in China then to be here in North Bergen and out of God’s will!! Teach your children to do the work of God at a young age. Get them involved in doing things around the home, give them chores to do, let them help at the church. They’re not helpless. Sometimes we are afraid to let our kids get dirty and do some work. We are teaching them that they don’t have to do anything but that everything is going to be given to them and they don’t have to do anything in return. We are raising a generation of kids that have what I call "the entitlement philosophy." They don’t appreciate anything; they feel like they have it coming to them. If they grow up that way, than as parents, it’s our fault.

    Keep your kids busy and especially at the church. Allow them to minister, tell them to sing when the congregation sings, make sure they have a songbook open, make sure they listen to their Sunday School teacher and to the Pastor as he preaches, make them sit up and listen!!!!

    You’ll be supportive that way.

    We seen examples of the protective Mom in Jochebed and in the supportive Mom in Hannah. Now thirdly we have,

  • THE INSTRUCTIVE MOTHER:
  • That’s EUNICE in 2 TIMOTHY Chapter one.

    You might ask yourself… who is Eunice? She was a wonderful mother who changed the world through her children. She was the mother of young Timothy, who before being mentored by Paul, was raised by a godly grandmother and mother.

    Look at II Timothy 1:2-5,

    "To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned (sincere and genuine) faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also."

    Timothy was mentored by the Apostle Paul and was one of his chief associates in all of his missionary journeys. Paul relied on Timothy in his ministry. Timothy first joins Paul on his journeys after he visits a city called Lystra and we see him being a faithful friend even in Paul’s imprisonment in Rome. Timothy, along with his mother and grandmother, were Jewish believers who heard about Jesus Christ and accepted Him as Savior. The faith that was in Timothy was first in his Grandmother and in his mother. They were an example of faith to him. They taught him the scriptures.

    You say, "How do you know that?"

    Look at II Timothy 3:14 & 15,

    "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, (Timothy just didn’t pick up a Bible one day and learn all this on his own, he was taught and he learned these things from a godly mother and grandmother) which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus."

    Mothers and grandmothers… how much time do you spend talking to your children and grandchildren about the Scriptures? Who is teaching them about God and the Bible?

    Like young Timothy, they should first hear about God from you.

    Teach them the songs about Jesus.

    They should be singing about Jesus before they are singing about Barney.

    Get them into church. Teach them the Word of God.

    Illustration:

    Susannah Wesley spent one hour each day praying for her 17 children. In addition, she took each child aside for a full hour every week to discuss spiritual matters. No wonder two of her sons, Charles and John, were used of God to bring two nations England and America to Christ. Here are a few rules she followed in instructing her children:

    (1) Subdue self-will in a child.

    (2) Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak.

    (3) Give him nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks for it politely.

    (4) To prevent lying, punish no fault which is freely confessed, but never allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unnoticed.

    (5) Commend and reward good behavior.

    (6) Strictly observe all promises you have made to your child.?

    Susannah Wesley like Eunice instructed her children in the things of God. As mother’s who usually spend more time with their children than anyone else in the home, we need to instruct and teach our children in the Word of God. Of course the church is there to help support the parents, but the church can’t possibly replace in 2-3 hours a week what a Godly mother can instill in her children many hours each week.

    Mom’s, let’s be protective like Jochebed,

    Let’s be supportive like Hannah,

    And let’s be instructive like Eunice. Most of all let’s be like Jesus and let our children see Christ in us.

    I conclude with this,

    A STRONG WOMAN VERSUS A WOMAN OF STRENGTH

    A strong woman works out to keep her body in shape ... but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape...

    A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything ... but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear...

    A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her ... but a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone...

    A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future... a woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be God’s blessings and capitalizes on them...

    A strong woman walks sure footedly... but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls...

    A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face... but a woman of strength wears grace...

    A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey... but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong...