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3 Mothers Who Were A Bridge of Faith

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In about 1908 animate Jarvis had the idea about Mother’s Day.

And that part, you might already know, somebody picked up on it, public publicized it, and it just swept across everywhere. What you may not know is that

as the thing became, became bigger, the celebration of Mother’s Day, there’s something that bothered Miss Jarvis, and and she gave public pushback against it. It was that on Mother’s Day, sons and daughters would send a card to the mother, their mother, that would be it.

And Anna Mae said, That’s not what I had in mind, what I had in mind was that was that you’d go and spend some time with your mother. And I’m not fascinated about it in this room right now. I’m just saying that it disturbed her that more attention wasn’t paid to the mothers.

It’s a biblical principle, to pay attention to your mother.

It’s a biblical principle to respect and love your mother. I want to show you some ways that’s true this morning. And I want to walk through a number of passages of Scripture, familiar passages, Ephesians chapter six, beginning in verse one. And you know, this passage Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this as right, Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise that it may be well with the the thalamus live long now watch this may live longer on the earth. Now, you’ve read that 100 times or more. And what I want to show you is that Paul was quoting from Moses, in Exodus chapter 20, when Moses was giving the 10 commandments, but there’s a deviation here. What Paul does is to borrow the principle and apply it a new. So what Moses actually wrote was in Exodus 20, and verse 12, that you that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.

Paul said the earth, well, those are two different things. What was being promised, in the 10 commandments was about staying in the Canaan, the land of Canaan, the promised land, we want to be able to stay here, just follow the basic butyl conservatism is conservatism is simply holding to the old principles, it’s holding to the moorings that our people have held to, in our case, Christians and the people of God. Biblical believers through all time were conservatives, because of that all Christians are conservatives. And I don’t get that talking about politics I’m talking about, we hold to the old book. So Moses said that your days may be long in the land that your God has given you. But then Paul said, that your days, maybe longer the earth, you see the principle is right.

In a generic general kind of sense. When I have a good life, you need to hold to the basic, rudimentary principles. You need to need to honor your father and your mother. Last night, we were having our Bible time, and the grandchildren are with us. I was talking to Ezra, I should have asked his permission to tell you this, but I’ll ask His forgiveness after we’re done.

And we asked him about the cross and about Mary and what he remembered about you remember where Marian was when Jesus was dying on the cross. He wasn’t sure. He was at the foot of the cross. And then there’s this expression and if you have children now, as was seven, if you have children, then you’ve seen this expression. When they learned something about scripture that they didn’t know and he knows about Jesus knows about cross but he, I don’t know it just hadn’t registered with him about Mary yet. And he looked up at me and he said, she watched her son die.

Yeah, but she did.

She she did.

And here’s what’s interesting to me about that.

You go back to Luke chapter two in verse 35, and send me and the priest at the temple gets to see baby Jesus. And Mary and Joseph bring the baby and he holds the baby. And he says some things that are just very beautiful about how is it anticipated hoping to see the baby. And now this is the one who’s brought salvation to us. But then he turns to Mayor, you remember and says, a sword is going to pierce through your soul also. Now you know about that, when did that occur? And you’d say, well, it occurred when she was sitting at the foot of the cross if it occurred there at the cross, right? But what if you had to put up?

What a pin point right to it? When was the moment and the Bible doesn’t say, but I would speculate about that.

John 19, verse 27, Jesus said, and check Reddit this morning, that from the cross in the agony of the moment, when he just had a little breath left at him, there was Mary, Mary, sister, Mary Magdalene, and John.

And Jesus says, to Mary, Woman, behold your son,

to John, behold, your mother, he adopted out as mother. Why, instead of the Bible? Why don’t we have that? Or the answer surely has to be that for all time, you and I, who are disciples of Jesus Christ,

we know that we better take care of our mamas.

I understand that that’s not the only principle there but I declare to you, that’s one of them.

He, in that moment, in that circumstance, he took care of his mother. Now, what that teaches us, of course, is, is the elevated way that we ought to appreciate our mothers. There’s another way I’m going to show you this. I’m going to take three characters, familiar characters, the Bible this morning and make observations about each what each of these three have Moses, Timothy, and Ruth, those are our three points for the sermon. What they share in common is not only that they are important, biblical characters in the great scheme of redemption of the Bible, but that each of them seemed very unlikely candidates for the role they ultimately play. In fact, we’re going to see and be reminded of is that you look through these, these three, and it seems impossible, at least practically impossible, that they could they could, I mean, when they were little, I think it ultimately ended up being so significant in the great scheme of redemption hardly make sense. And the bridge in each of the three cases, the bridge that takes them from the unlikely place as infants, all the way to being the great sin stricture

their mother’s

now we start with Moses, in Exodus chapter two, you remember how this goes, it’s a terrible time to have a baby. You know, it was an awful time. And because, because the Egyptian king resented the fact that the Israelite the Hebrews, the slaves in Egypt, were growing so fast, and he was afraid that they’re those boys who grow up those baby boys have become mighty soldiers, and one day would turn over Egypt, they would, they would sink his battleship.

So he said to the midwives I want you to do when the babies are born, if it’s a boy, anytime it’s a boy, just go ahead and kill him, then they wouldn’t do it because the Bible says they feared God. But could we use a dose of that today?

And so Pharaoh,

can we just pause right here and say,

mankind can get vile without God, you take God out of the heart of men, or lead men and get rid of God.

You ain’t say nothing about how vile and vicious and violent man can become. And Pharaoh says, all right to his soldiers, just go out throughout the Hebrews and take their baby boys and throw them to the Nile.

And there was a cry that came up over Israel.

And that was when Moses was born. And so this is known, what are the chances? What are the chances that he’s going to be? All right, what are the chances? Now?

Here’s Hebrews chapter 11.

And verse 23.

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hit three months of his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child. I want to pause here for the word beautiful. I think that’s a poor translation.

In Acts, chapter seven, verse 21. Stephen is telling the story of Moses and all of this, he’s going through relating this account. He says that, that Moses was beautiful or King James says a proper child. But But he said, Stephen says proper to God. It was God who viewed him as a proper child. It was God who viewed him as a beautiful child. Everybody thinks their child is beautiful. Of course at West Huntsville is true, but everybody thinks their child is beautiful. It wasn’t that they protected their boy because he was beautiful. There was something else going on here.

What was going on is that they had seen the prophecies they knew that the time was coming to be delivered out of pharaohs hand. Nuff time and slaves. The time was was here. And so I believe that God communicated with Chaka bed, that her baby boy was going to be the deliverer of Israel.

They saw that he was a beautiful child, they were not afraid of the king’s commandment, why not? Because again, I believe God had said to Jacobin to Amram, your boy is gonna deliver Israel, I’m gonna raise him up as a leader.

Then the next by faith, Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter choosing rather than get this in my Bible, I want to underline the word choosing, choosing when he came of age choosing rather than suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for his season.

Well, wall, you’re talking about a lot of money. I mean, you’re talking about Egypt, talking about the palace, you’re talking about Little Prince Moses growing up in the house of Pharaoh, and there’s going to come a time when he would choose slavery, they would choose to be part of a slave tribe, then to be in power and rich,

famous. Yep. What kind of force would do that?

What kind of force would do that? And the answer is that when you start with, he’s probably not going to live because he’s going to die in the Nile River. And you take that all How do you get that all the way to? He’s now the the leader of the people of Israel, he is going to write the Pentateuch. They’re like the first five books of the Old Testament. And the answer is that as you know how this goes with Exodus chapter two, is sister Mariam. Wonderfully arranges and the providence of God arranges for Joshua bad Moses own mother to be the one who would care to nurse him and care for him in those formative years, how do you like that? So here he was learning Egyptian learning all about how to be a king, how to be a prince how to be powerful, and and in the evenings you see mama down there with her boy, and she says, Let me tell you about, well, it’s you’ve got the Old Testament, you’ve read it, you know what they were reading.

The Old Testament was written yet but she knew that about Adam and Eve and the sin of the garden and know Abraham and Isaac, and Jacob and Reuben assuming that Levi and Judah Eskers ambulant. And they have to like that as your Joseph and Benjamin. She knew. And she was teaching those things of God and of righteousness to that little baby Moses, that little boy growing up at her feet. I’m telling you that the bridge between an unlikely fellow who probably isn’t going to survive past one year old, and him being a great powerful leader in Israel was was his mama Chaka bed, it was his mama.

Who was the bridge? Here’s the second one. Let’s talk about Timothy. Timothy. Now this one takes us first to Acts chapter 16.

Talking about Paul’s and he came to Derby and LIS TRA and behold, a certain disciple was there named Timothy. Now, it seems that that what happened is that on Paul’s first missionary journey, he encounters this young man, Timothy, without we don’t know a lot about Timothy’s beginnings. But we do know this reading on the hold. A certain disciple was there named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed she’s a Christian, but his father was a Greek. That’s about how much you know about Timothy’s daddy.

It won’t be Timothy’s dad who plays a role for Timothy’s righteousness. Timothy is going to be a great man, but it’s not his daddy, it’s his mama. And if you’re in this room right now, and you’re raising your children, by yourself, without the spiritual involvement, or leadership of a husband, take heart. Here’s, here’s Timothy, here’s Timothy’s mama.

And so what do you what do you know about Timothy? Well, the Bible says this in Acts chapter 16, the first missionary journey then you see him converted apparently by Paul, when you get to the second missionary journey, then you have a lot said about him. So look how First Timothy chapter one begins. A tour Timothy a true son of the faith, grace and mercy and peace from God our Father. Now hold that that’s First Timothy chapter one. Look at Second Timothy chapter one verse one same thing to Timothy a beloved Son, the count Paul the Apostle, how would that paid him to have have your boy treasured? Like Paul treasures, Timothy? I mean, this was a big deal. And how do you explain it? This is a this is a woman, Timothy’s mama. This is Eunice who? Lois who? Whose husband is not a believer. So she’s raising him in Christ by herself.

And yet, here’s Paul, when you get to second Timothy chapter four and verse nine, which is the end of Paul’s life, the last thing he wrote

And he says to Timothy, I want you to make all diligence to get to me quickly. He wanted to see Timothy. He wanted to see Timothy. That’s how close Paul is to Timothy, the old preacher is so close to the young man, Timothy, who he calls the son, his son in the faith. Now, how did that happen? How do you go from a mother who’s a Christian married to an unbeliever all the way to the apostle Paul, loving him as a son, and trusting him like he does in the answer is in second Timothy chapter one.

Next slide.

Beginning in verse three. And here’s what Paul says, I thank God whom I serve with a pure conscience, as my forefathers did,

without ceasing I remember you, Timothy in my prayers that night and day, Greatly desiring to see you being mindful of your tears that I might be filled with joy, when I call to remembrance, the genuine faith that’s in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother, Lois, and your mother, Eunice, and unpersuaded in you also, where’s the bridge? It’s his mom and his grandmama. The bridge between this unlikely person ever amounting to anything in Christ turns into the one we know as Timothy and how important he is how important he is to Paul into the kingdom. How did it happen?

There it is. Now look at Second Timothy chapter 314, continuing the things which you have learned, and been assured of knowing that, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood, you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Jesus Christ, from a child.

Now, why are we emphasizing this is to say to those of you who are mothers, you must never minimize the weight of what you do in the lives of your children. Many of you have little children in this room. It’s just amazing to me that if you

you think about a baby and her mother’s arms are his mother’s arms feeding from her breast and cradled in her arms and the baby listens to mama saying and mom and likes to rock on to sleep at night. You know why? Because it’s the most familiar thing that baby knows. baby’s been inside that mother’s womb for all this time. And don’t you know that child listens to mama, the voice most most familiar to that little baby is Mama’s voice. And what she does when she rocks that baby, of course and sings to that baby is duplicating what that baby has been accustomed to for a long time now, isn’t that true?

Scripture emphasizes the weight of the influence of mamas on their children. You say you got heavy burdens to bear in your life right now I understand. I understand. You say I worry about my kids how they’re going to turn out. I understand. I understand in this sermon does not minimize the importance of dads. Of course it doesn’t. It is simply to say that scripture places a great emphasis on momma’s in the wonderful influence they have over their children. Let’s do one more. Here’s Ruth. The book of Ruth is kind of interesting. It’s a window in the time the period of the judges, and I won’t talk a lot about that except that somewhere in the in the period of the judges you have Ruth and how she came to be stuck in there. She’s in there somewhere.

Now Ruth Ruth is interesting because she is not a an Israelite. She’s, she’s from Moab, and she’s going to be can you believe it? In the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. She’s not even of the chosen people. She’s a mo abiertas. How is that even possible?

Well, the account goes, goes like this. So you have this Israelite family Elimelech and his wife Naomi, and, and they are in Canaan land, that’s where God has put them. But there’s a famine going on there. And I remember the cycle of the judges and, and you’d have famine and hardship because the people of Israel for suit God and so the people would get hungry and they would cry out to God and God would send a judge to deliver them, and he would give them food again, and then they would they would prosper for a while until they fell out again. But you gotta go into these weak periods, one of these hungry periods. And so instead of relying on God as he should

Naomi’s husband

said let’s go to Moab, Moab. Moab is that’s where people live who are against God, these are pagan people, but they had food. And so

he takes his family that their two boys, Mahlon and chili on and they go into Moab. And very shortly, dad dies. They got these two little boys and the boys grow and they get you know 10

yours is how long, Naomi’s gonna stay there. 10 years. Her boys become adults. They choose wives from from the more bites. And there you are. Now there’s a fine kettle of fish. That’s not what God meant to happen. Some bad decisions, but sometimes from bad comes good.

Ultimately the boys die. You have three widows

Orpah, Ruth and Naomi, Naomi says I can’t give you any more. I can’t have any more sons to give you husbands. So go on back to your people and fair you well, and Orpah says So Okay. Okay, so she, she goes back to the more bytes and that’s the book closed on orbit. But Ruth says, this is, this is the most famous quote from the book of Ruth. And it’s in Ruth chapter one, and treat me not to leave the or return from following after the, for whether thou goest I will go, whether thou lodgest I will lodge like people shall be my people, and like God, my God.

Where, where thou die, just I will die in there I will be buried. The Lord do so to me. And more also if ot but death part the and me.

They go to Bethlehem. They go among God’s people. And you know how this is gonna go Ruth Mary’s, Boaz and bow as is going to be very important in the genealogy of Jesus because Boaz is the father of

what’s the answer?

And then Jesse, right, after Jesse is David.

And so what you have is Ruth and Matthew chapter one, you got Ruth right there in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. And how do you explain that? And the answer is, and I know that Ruth Ruth mother is not Naomi.

But he’s not her biological mother. She’s her mother in law, but he also has emphasized the influence that she has overruled. Now, we add her then to this this, this group of people? And the answer is that in each of these three cases, what they have in common is that you have unlikely people who play significant roles in the church in the righteousness of God in the scheme of redemption.

The bridge was their mother’s.

And so we get to Matthew or John chapter 19. And you see Jesus, and he’s on the cross. And in that moment,

he pauses to say, Behold, your son, behold your mother.

It is a right thing for disciples of Jesus Christ, to respect their mothers, it’s the right thing to care for their mothers. Because that’s what our Lord did.

To think of her, her going near death to Baris to think about the sacrifices that she made to think about the sleepless nights and caring for us, when we were ill. We couldn’t have survived without that kind of care.

So

today, we pause to say thank you. I hope we will make sure that we do that more often than just today. And to those of you who are mothers, we hope this is a wonderful day for you. Wonder if there’s someone here today who would like to obey the gospel. The Sermon has not been designed to teach people how to become Christians. But to understand this principle, which is that Scripture teaches us so much about how to live it teaches us our values.

you’ll obey the gospel, to repent of your sins and confess Jesus and to be baptized to have your sins washed away. Now, it’d be such a great time to do that. If you’d like to study more about that all

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