Mother’s Day Tribute

 

We live in a world of cause and effect.

There is no cause without an effect, and there is no effect without its antecedent cause. With this principle in mind let us look at some Biblical stories.   In Hebrews 11:24-26, we read of the courageous decision made by Moses when he turned his back upon the glitter and the glamour of Egypt to cast his lot with the down-trodden people of Israel. This text reads,

 

24By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.

 

This is an effect, as we stated every effect, has its antecedent cause  Why would Moses do this? What was this cause?  In Exodus chapter  two,  we learn of his parents “1And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2And the woman conceived, and bare a son”. The names of the parents are not given here but are recorded in Leviticus 6:20 as Amram and Jochebed.

 

Moses was born at a time when Pharaoh had made a decree that  all Hebrew male children, were to put to cast into the Nile River  to prevent their rapid growth (Exodus 1:22). His mother hid him for three months but seeing she could no longer hid the child, placed him loving in an ark of bulrushes to the edge of the Nile River.  There he was found by Pharaoh's daughter, no doubt by God’s great providence  (Exodus Chapter 2).

 

Moses’  description is given to us by a single Hebrew word [towb] meaning fair and  beautiful.  The Baby’s beauty no doubt  was given to him and designed to produce the reaction in Pharaoh’s daughter that it did. Namely, she had compassion and spared the child,  taking him for her very own.  At the suggestion of Moses’ sister he was given to his own mother for care and training. 

 

From his mother, Moses would learn about Jehovah and his people.   Later, when he returned to the palace and faced the greatest decision of his life, his loyalty remained with God’s people. The influence of his godly mother and the training which she gave him made the difference in his life. Here is what the Scriptures say about Moses Parents:  Hebrews 11:23

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.

 

Our 2nd  example is found in the New Testament as the apostle  Paul begins his first letter to Timothy. He writes,   I Tim. 1:1-2

1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ ……; 2Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith.”  The same apostle begins his second letter in a similar fashion, “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus ... to Timothy, my beloved child. (II Tim. 1:1-2).

 

This is the effect. What was the cause? We first learn of Timothy in Acts 16:1-2

Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek. 2 He was well spoken of by the brethren who were at Lystra and Iconium. 3 Paul wanted to have him go on with him.

 

His mother’s name was Eunice, and the text strongly implies, the reason that Timothy was favorably spoken of was because of a faithful Godly Jewish mother. Notice the next phrase “but his father was Greek”(Acts 16:1).  The effect of this motherly training was,  Timothy left home and followed Paul, thus growing spiritually into the great evangelist that he eventually became.

 

As we look back to find the cause of this young man’s character, we hear Paul say, 2 Tim 1:3-5

3I 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; 4Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;  5When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.”  

     

I believe the reason this young man was of such outstanding character was because of his early home life. Although his father was Greek, and seems to have had no influence on the boy’s early education, Timothy had been taught by his mother and grandmother. 

 

 Here, then, is the origin of his faith.  But it  is further emphasized in II Tim. 3:14-15, where Paul writes,

14But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; 15And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”.  

 

The word child in this verse,  is the Greek word “brephos” and means, an infant or unborn child. Timothy’s mother obviously began his training at a very early age, the word suggesting as an “infant”. 

 

Timothy owed his start in both the physical world and the spiritual world to a godly mother and grandmother. The influence of 2 Christian Women. This  influence is indispensable. Faith is hereditary, it is passed from Generation To Generation,  we become what we are taught   2 Timothy 1:5

5When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

 

 This passage reminds me of my own  personal heritage,  which I discovered while working on my family tree. My great, great grandfather Daniel Isenberg, moved his family into Kentucky in 1845, there he established Free Will church of Christ. He became a part of the restoration period,  preaching the old paths.  Daniel taught his son John Madison (my great grandfather) who also became a preacher.  John taught his family. His daughter, was my father’s mother. She taught my dad, who did a great work in the  Lord’s church in Tennessee,  both teaching, preaching and training several young boys who all became gospel preaches.  My father taught his family to love the Lord. I became the fifth generation of preachers in the Lord’s church.

 I have contacted other members of Daniel Isenberg's family.  Many of his off spring remain loyal to the church today, faithful to the old paths taught by the previous generations. My mother died when I was 5 years old, but my grandmother was a faithful Christian woman, the Cope’s faith is a heritage from her. Yes our faith can and must be past to future generations.

 

 A child’s early years are the most impressionable  years of his life, this is why Solomon wrote:

6Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it  ( Proverbs 22:6).   We also have an adage which says, “As the twig is bent, so is the tree inclined.”  The early years of a child’s life  , are largely under the direction of their  mothers at home. The child’s attitudes and habits of life are developed early. The early years at home with mom are the crucially important foundation years. These are the years when the basic philosophy of life is developed.

 

How many preach the gospel today because of the influence of a Godly Christian mother or  grandmother? How many young Timothy's are being trained today to preach the gospel, not at some brotherhood school of preaching, but Mother's School of Preaching.  The Christian mother’s influence is a great and wonderful power for good.  It is in the home that attitudes and habits of life are developed, and mothers are the chief molders of these attitudes and habits. Thank God For Godly, Faithful, Christian Mothers


Today is Mother’s Day. Erma Bombeck wrote the following about the day God created  mothers.   I share with you today.

"When God Created Mothers"


When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one." And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs  of hands."

 
The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way." It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have." That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word." 

 

God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow..." I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."


The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed. But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure." Can it think?" Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.


Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek. There's a leak," he pronounced. "I told You that You were  trying to put too much into this model." It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear." What's it for?" It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride." You are a genius, " said the angel. Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there."

Erma Bombeck


 

There is no greater need in our day, or any day,  than  strong Christian homes.  The great need of our day is for Christian Mothers who will begin training of their children early in life in the home. Christian fathers are no less needed in this greatest of all undertakings.

 

Let me close today with some scriptures that has more sociology than all the text books written by men….

 

22Wives, be in subjection unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. 23For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being himself the savior of the body. … 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself up for it;  Ephesians 5:22-23;25

 

Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 2Honor thy father and mother (which is the first commandment with promise), 3that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. 4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but nurture them in the chastening and admonition of the Lord.

May God bless our nation, our communities, and our homes today.  And He will when they are founded upon the solid rock of His word.   Ephesians 6:1-4

 

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Ron Cope Minister churches of Christ

email:  RonCope@chestnutmtchurchofchrist.com

phone:  (678)617-9658