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Messages to Inspire Mothers

Messages to Inspire Mothers

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A series of messages on some of the great mothers of the Bible, and the vital role they played in the plan of God.
A series of messages on some of the great mothers of the Bible, and the vital role they played in the plan of God.

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MESSAGES TO INSPIRE MOTHERS
By Pastor Glenn Pease
CONTENTS
1. REBEKAH, A MARVELOUS MOTHER Based on Gen. 25:19-282. REBEKAH A MARVELOUS MATE AND MOTHER Based on Gen. 27:1-293. HAGAR A MOTHER SEES GOD Based on Gen. 21:1-204. RACHEL A WINNING MOTHER Based on Gen. 30:1-245. JOCHEBED A GREAT MOTHER Based on
Ex. 2:1-10
6. BATHSHEBA A MOTHER WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE Based on I Kings 1:11-317. SARAH THE MOTHER OF NATIONS Based on Gen. 17:15-228. WOMAN OF TYRE A MOTHER’S FAITH AND DOG FOOD Based on MARK7:24f 9. IDEAL MOTHER1 A SERVANT MOTHER Based on Matt. 20:20-2810. IDEAL MOTHER2 PROVERBS IDEAL MOTHER Based on Prov. 31:10-3111. IDEAL MOTHER3 PROVERBS IDEAL MOTHER 2 Based on Prov. 31:10-3112. IDEAL MOTHER4 A MOTHER'S COMFORT Based on Isa. 66:7-13
1. REBEKAH, A MARVELOUS MOTHER 
Nathan Ausabel tells of the Jewish couple with 9 children who went to the Rabbi to get adivorce. When the question of custody came up the wife said she wanted 5 of the childrenand he could have 4. The husband said, "Why should I have only 4? You take the 4 andI'll take the 5." In order to resolve the conflict the Rabbi suggested that they livetogether one more year and have another child. Then they could divide with an equalshare of the family. The couple agreed to the plan. But a year later the man came back to the Rabbi and said the plan did not work. The Rabbi asked, "Why? Didn't your wifegive birth?" "Yes," he said, "But you see, it was twins." They were right back wherethey started, and even Solomon in all his wisdom could not divide an odd number ochildren evenly.Twins can be a problem. Luis Palau, the Billy Graham of South America, wasworried sick when his wife gave birth to twins in 1963. The doctor told him there was avery strange heart beat and they may loose the child. They did not know she had twobabies in her. Palau had to make the decision that if necessary they let the baby die tosave his wife, but it turned out to be a day of joy as the irregular heartbeat was really theregular heartbeat of two. What a scare these twins gave him. Twins have scared peopleall through history, and in many cultures they have been immediately killed. Christianmissionaries have labored hard to convince natives that twins are not an evil omen, andtoday there are many healthy twins where once they were killed.
 
This does not mean that twins are no longer a problem. They are often doubletrouble, and because of their potential for mischief Walt Disney has been able to makesome of his greatest movies about mischievous twins. It is not all fiction either, for thereare numerous true stories about the complexity of raising twins. One mother heard bothlaughing and crying coming from her twin's bedroom at bath time. She went to see whatwas the matter and the laughing twin pointed to his weeping brother and said, "Grandmahas given Alexander 2 baths and hasn't given me any at all."The problems get greater as they get older. Jean and Auguste Piccard, the famousSwiss twins, decided to have some fun with a barber. Jean went in for a shave andcomplained that he had the most annoying beard in the world because it grew back sofast. The barber assured him that his trusty razor would keep it off for 24 hours or hewould shave him free. Jean let him scrape away and left. Several hours later Augustecame in with a heavy stubble and collected his free shave. He left the barber ponderingthe most amazing beard he had ever seen.The reason I share these twin stories is because we are looking at the mother of themost famous twins of the Bible. Rebekah was the mother of Jacob and Esau. These twobrothers were as different as night and day. They had the same parents and the sameenvironment, but they were opposites and totally different in personality, and in the waythey responded to the will of God. It is superficial to expect all children in a family to bealike. Even in a godly family there will be radical differences. I once had a family in mychurch where the best kids and the worst kids were from that same family. Two of themended up in the ministry and another broke the parents hearts with unbelievableungodliness. This can be tough on parents, but it has to be accepted as a fact of life thatthe best parents have no guarantee that their children will follow their values.Rebekah was a great mother, but her twins sometimes became as famous for theirfolly as for their faith. Some twins become much alike for all of life. The most famousexample in our time is Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren. They are both famouscounselors, and their advice columns are very much alike. Other twins do not follow thesame pattern at all. One of the 12 Apostles was a twin. Thomas called Didymus was atwin. Didymus is Greek for twin, and Thomas means twin in Aramic. We have no ideaabout his twin. He may have been an enemy of Christ for all we know. Twins can beopposites and that is what we see in the twins of Rebekah. They were opponents.Rebekah favored Jacob and her husband favored Esau, but in the end mom's boybecame the man God used. Mothers often are the key persons in determining the successof their children. Rebekah Bains Johnson, whose grandfather was a Baptist pastor, andwho came from a long line of pastors going back to Scotland, was determined to makeher son a great politician. Her father was a politician and she married a politician, andshe dreamed that her son could be a great one. She had 4 other children, but she favoredLyndon and pounded it into him that he was destined for leadership. She kept himreading the books and writings of Thomas Jefferson. She guided him through collegeand on to Washington, and eventually to become the 35th President of the United States.Like the Rebekah of the Bible she was obsessed by her need to favor one son and do
 
all she could to promote him. This led to her other son, Sam Houston Johnson, beinghurt. He worked for Lyndon and went to law school, but he never practiced. He nevergot equal time and encouragement from his mother, and that made a world of differencein their careers. A mother motivating her children makes a world of difference. Wewant to look at Rebekah as a mother, and try to learn from lessons from her life.I. HER MARRIAGE.Ideal motherhood always begins with being a good mate. We have looked at thistheme before and have concluded that the best thing any mother can do for her childrenis to love their father, just as the best thing a father can do is love their mother.Marriage comes before children, and it is the foundation that must be well laid before thefamily is built upon it. In spite of Rebekah's deception of Isaac we have to recognize shewas one of the most loved wives in the Bible. Isaac is the only one of the Patriarchs whodid not take a second wife or a concubine. In a culture where polygamy was perfectlyacceptable Isaac was a one-woman man. Rebekah had to be some kind of woman to keepa man a monogamist in that day. He never saw Rebekah until the day he met her andmarried her, but from that day he loved her, and only her, for the rest of his life. Shealso was faithful to him for all of her life.Here was a couple who had the world's shortest wedding. Gen. 24:67 says, "Isaacbrought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she becamehis wife, and he loved her..." Here was a primitive wedding without benefit of clergy orpremarital counseling. There was no courtship and no vows are recorded, and yet theymade a commitment for a lifetime. The old system of arranged marriages could work because people were committed to love the one they married. They did not fall in loveand then get married, but they married and then grew in love.The modern idea of selecting a mate by the computer is not as far fetched as it mayseem. If two people are brought together with all of the values and qualities that eachlikes, and they are willing to make the commitment of the ancients to love the one theymarried, these could turn out to be marvelous mates. The odds are better than thesuperficial way many do it now. They feel sexual attraction, and their only commitmentis to keep their relationship going as long as their hormones keeps pushing them in thatdirection. We could learn from the ancients that the most important commitment on thehuman level is to love the one you marry. I've never met a couple who has so manyproblems that they could not be solved by this single principle.Isaac loved Rebekah in spite of the problems they had. The first problem was thatshe was barren. For 20 years Isaac waited for her to have a child. The culture left himfree to take another wife, but he never did. He waited and prayed, and God finallyanswered that prayer, and Rebekah became a mother. They are the only couple in theBible who are caught making love in public. Gen. 26:8 says that King Abimelech lookeddown from a window and saw Isaac sporting with Rebekah. We know this does not meanthey were playing tennis. Isaac was caressing and fondling Rebekah, and that is how theking knew she was not his sister, but his wife.

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