Message: “Mothers In The Bible” from Joe Summers

Joe Summers - May 7, 2023

Mothers In The Bible

Mothers in the Bible Lesson Objective: To look at some of the mothers identified in the Bible and the lessons that we can learn. Introduction- How was Mother’s Day started? The first Mother's Day celebration was held in 1908 in Grafton, West Virginia. It was organized by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her late mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis. She held a memorial service at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church, and distributed 500 white carnations, her mother's favorite flower. The carnations were meant to represent the purity of a mother's love. The event was so successful that Jarvis began a campaign to make Mother's Day a national holiday. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. Today the tradition of flowers continues with many wearing white flower if mother is deceased and red if mother is still alive. 1. Sarah: Sarah was the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac. She was the first matriarch of the Israelites Isaiah 51:2 look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many 1. Do you think Sarah had faith? 2. Do you think that Sarah was aware that Abraham was wiling to sacrifice her son? 3. Identify a trait of Sarah 2. Rebekah: Rebekah was the wife of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau. She was the second matriarch of the Israelites. Two nations are in your womb, two peoples are separating while still within you; But one will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger. (Genesis 25:22-23) 1) Why do you think that Rebekah deceived Isaac so that Jacob could receive the inheritance? 2) Should mother’s treat all children the same 3) Identify a trait of Rebekah 3. Rachel: Rachel was the wife of Jacob and the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. She was the third matriarch of the Israelites. Genesis 29: 18-19 Jacob was in love with Rachel and said, “I’ll work for you seven years in return for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It’s better that I give her to you than to some other man. Stay here with me. 1) Who were the children of Rachael? 2) How was the relationship between Leah and Rachael foretelling of the relationship between Joseph and his brothers 3) What did Rachael do to show how much she envied Leah? 4) Should she have envied Leah 5) Identify a trait of Rachael 4. Jochebed: Jochebed was the mother of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. She was the one who hid Moses in the Nile to save him from Pharaoh's decree. Exodus 2: 1-4 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him 1. How did Moses know that he was an Israelite? 2. How did Moses know who God was? 3. Identify a trait of Jochebed 5. Elizabeth: Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. She was the one who prophesied that her son would be the forerunner of the Messiah. Luke 1: 23-25 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.” 1. Was Elizabeth a believer and if so how do you know? 2. How do you think Elizabeth raised John? 3. Identify a trait of Elizabeth. Summary Identify 3 traits of a good mother and how can a husband help his wife to be a good mother?

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