Date written: May 13th, 2006 Scripture ref: Genesis 3:20
The Beauty of the Word “Mother”
SUBJECT: Mother's Day
TITLE: The Beauty of the Word “Mother”
PROPOSITION: In this lesson we'll look at the spiritual beauty of motherhood in an acronym: 1) Maturity, 2) Obligation, 3) Tears, 4) Home, 5) Empathy, and 6) Reward / Regret.
Objective: That men and women both would know what God expects out of mothers.
Aim: To set forth God's truth regarding motherhood as we think about mothers on mother's day.
1. Read: Genesis 3:20
2. About the Text:
1) This is the first time in the scripture that an individual was named as a mother.
2) Eve was given her name because she was the mother of all living.
3) Her name literally means “life.”
4) It was from her and Adam that all mankind has descended.
5) She was the first mother, but she was not the only mother.
3. Today we remember our mothers as we observe mother's day.
4. Ref. to S, T, P, O, and A.
1. While physically many females may give birth and technically be mothers, it takes a certain amount of maturity to make the commitment to being a mother.
2. Motherhood isn't a part time job and every mother knows this.
3. Having children requires long-term commitment and that requires a certain maturity that many simply don't have.
4. We live in a society where many abuse, neglect, and fail their children in so many ways.
5. God's mother must not give up, but have the maturity to do their job regardless.
6. 1 Corinthians 15:58 applies to motherhood. “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.”
7. There's no doubt about it; being a good mother is doing the Lord's work.
1. Mother's are obligated.
2. They may be obligated to the state, to their family, their children, or to their husbands.
3. First and foremost, however, they are obligated to God.
4. Consider that these are the exact implications of Titus 2:4-5 “That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
5. 1 Timothy 2:15 states, “but she shall be saved through her child–bearing, if they continue in faith and love and sanctification with sobriety.”
6. The word “child-bearing” in this passage indicates maternity – the duties that are associated with being a mother.
7. God is concerned that women who are mothers understand that they are obligated to Him.
8. A mother has a divine obligation to care for and raise her children according to God's will.
1. A good mother is going to experience some tears.
2. And there are different kinds of tears.
3. There are tears of sadness, tears of joy, tears of worry, tears of grief, tears of relief, and tears of regret.
4. A good mother will experience all of these tears and more for the wellbeing of her children.
5. Don't you know that Sarah cried at the birth of Isaac.
6. I'm sure that Hannah cried out of pride for Samuel.
7. I would believe that Eve cried upon the death of her son Abel and upon the guilt of her son Cain.
8. There's no doubt in my mind that Mary cried as Jesus was being crucified.
1. Take the “t” and the “r” out of mother and you have the letters for home.
2. Someone once asked a child, “Where is home?” The reply: Wherever mother is.
3. Nothing quite defines home like a mother.
4. Home is where there are good food, nourishment, and cookies!
5. Home is where there is a loving atmosphere of care, concern, and conviviality.
6. Home is where children can be raised in an atmosphere of respect, safety, and instruction.
7. All of these things would be nigh impossible to obtain without mother.
8. Naomi must have run a good home as devoted as her daughter-in-law Ruth was to her.
9. She ultimately provided a new home for Ruth and what a legacy was left in that home!
10. Ruth ultimately became the great grandmother of David.
11. Don't you know that Mrs. Noah must have run a “tight ship.”
12. What a home! To have sons and daughters-in-law saved from the flood.
13. There are other mothers, however, that did not provide such good homes.
14. Lot's wife destroyed their home when she longingly looked back upon the city of Sodom.
15. Queen Athaliah destroyed all of the members of her home (one was saved) in an effort to maintain her position of power.
16. A mother can make all the difference in the world to the kind of home one has.
1. When God made woman, He took her out of man's rib; in essence, God refined man.
2. Women being the product of that refinement are more sympathetic and empathetic with their children than fathers.
3. It takes both a father and a mother to raise children in the way that God would have them raised.
4. That is God's ideal situation.
5. The mother, however, provides the warmth, encouragement, emotional sympathy/empathy to a child that many times men either can't or won't provide.
6. This empathetic spirit defines motherhood.
7. Ruth's emphathy for Naomi was no doubt conferred upon her children as well. Consider her words: “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”
8. Queen Esther's empathy for her people proved to be their salvation from Haman's wicked plan to destroy Israel.
VI. Reward / Regret
1. If a mother is mature, recognizes her obligations, sheds her tears over her children, keeps the home, and practices an empathetic spirit toward her children, then she will be rewarded.
2. She will be rewarded by children who will, as the Proverb writer says, “ Her children arise up, and call her blessed” (Proverbs 31:28).
3. Her husband will extol her praises as well “her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
4. She will be recognized by the people of the community for her good works. Proverbs 31:31 “...her own works praise her in the gates.”
5. And ultimately, for being the kind of servant to God that she ought, she will receive the eternal and heavenly inheritance and eternal life.
6. However, should she be immature, not fulfill her obligations, busy herself with her own pleasures instead of tears for her family, neglect the home, be unsympathetic toward her children, her life will be filled with regret.
7. There may be regret due to lost children, regret due to a failed marriage, regret due to children given to worldliness and carnality and many other sadnesses that come as a result of failing to live a godly life.
8. Ultimately, however, she will have eternal regret, if she does not repent, for the many missed opportunities to influence her children for good.
1. Oh, how much beauty there is in the word “mother” if mothers would only allow that beauty to shine through!
6) Reward / Regret