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Living Water Church

a St. Nazianz WI (Manitowoc County) un-denominational Christian church

Last week we talked about the faith of a mustard seed. Today: the faith of a mother. Please turn to Exodus chapter 2 starting at verse 1.
Moses’ mother Jochebed is not named here but is named in Numbers 26:59. She already was a mother, giving birth to Moses’ brother Aaron and sister Miriam. Both Aaron and Miriam later on were also leaders of God’s chosen people Israel. Recall that the Israelites are captive slaves in the best land in Egypt, the land of Goshen, and God blessed them with a baby boom. Pharaoh observed that Israel was growing in numbers therefore power over the Egyptians, and he couldn’t figure out why the Israelites had this baby boom and Egypt was not. As we read in Exodus chapter one, God was blessing Israel. So, Pharaoh tried population control tactics: he ordered that any new baby Israelite boy was to be drowned in the Nile River. Imagine the fear in all the pregnant moms and the moms who wanted to have children if their child was a boy. Pharaoh let the girls live, but not the boys. Also note that the first recorded methods of induced abortion were in 1500 BC. In Egypt. About one hundred years before Moses was born. Jochebed and the other pregnant Israeli women could have chosen to use these Egyptian abortion methods? Imagine the fear and worry when the traditional signs were present of carrying a boy baby knowing the high probability that if their baby was a boy that they would deliver their son only to have him be drowned by their captors.

Jochebed became pregnant after Pharaoh’s murderous decree. Imagine how many times fear and worry and anxiety could have consumed her over the nine months. Whatever she was thinking about and praying about, it actually didn’t matter. Once Moses was born, verse 2 says that Jochebed looked at him and noticed something special about him. It was so significant that the first Christian martyr Stephen noted it in his speech before he died, recorded in Acts 7:20. There was something special about his appearance that either made Jochebed realize that he had a special purpose for God or it confirmed to her that whatever her plan was: she needed to save her son.

By faith she kept him hidden for three months. Imagine hiding an infant for one day and hiding all the evidence that an infant lives in your house for one day. Imagine the fear and worry and anxiety knowing that at some point she would not be able to hide him any longer.

By faith she made a bed of papyrus and waterproofed it and aimed it toward the parts of the Nile that were gated off from crocodiles so royalty could ceremoniously bathe there. Exact river currents aren’t 100% reliable. I think I mentioned crocodiles. And how did she know that even if the baby basket made it to its destination that the princess would keep him versus let him drowned as her father the Pharaoh commanded?

By faith she had her daughter watch the events unfold. She probably couldn’t watch herself.

By faith her daughter, a slave, addressed royalty to ask for a Hebrew mother to nurse the baby. By faith Jochebed nourished and trained her son in the ways of Jehovah as long as she could, hoping that her son could become the rescuer of her people, sent by God. Yet, growing up as one of Pharaoh’s family probably didn’t seem like a plan that made any sense at all. One who was adopted into Pharaoh’s family would be the rescuer of her people? Sounds like only a plan that could take faith to believe.

Today is mothers day, and we celebrate our moms and the faith of our moms. We are to honor our mothers. Jesus cared for his mother as he was dying. Ruth was blessed to be in the ancestral line of Jesus because she cared for her mother-in-law. There are many examples of faithful moms in the Bible: Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Mary, Elizabeth. Today we honor our moms.

(other readings on The Faith of a Mother: Psalm 127 & 128, 2 Timothy 1:1-5)

 

Please read the following:

Malachi 3 v 8-12, Nehemiah 10 v 35-37, Proverbs 3 v 9-10, and Matthew 6 v 1-4.

 

With your family’s tithes (your first ten percent) and offerings (above and beyond your tithe):

1. Are you all on the same page?

2. How much will you give?

3. Where will you make sacrifices?

4. When will you tithe and give offerings?

 

What we get from giving:

1. Reaffirmation (“I am with you always.” – Jesus in Matt 28:20)

  • it’s all God’s
  • “your” talents to earn a living…given to you by God
  • you are not in control (and you can thank God for that)

2. Purpose

  • your part in The Great Commission (Matt 28:19, Mark 16:15) goes beyond your own salvation

3. Blessings

  • Read 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9
  • This is about cheerfully giving beyond your tithe and offerings
  • We learn about God’s economy’s principles of sowing and reaping