“A Mother’s Influence”

Posted: May 5, 2016 in Gospel, Mothers, Salvation

Moms rock the future. Their actions, words, and attitudes cause the world to quake. They affect their own children, grandchildren, and the lives of many other people for good and/or for evil like a tsunami. The ripple effect spreads out far and wide.”  – Source unknown

Thankful. If you have or have had a good mother, thank God for her and then tell her how much you love and appreciate her. Why? “No man is poor who has had a godly mother.” – Abraham Lincoln

Examples. Rather than our focusing on the wicked women in the Bible whose lives were detrimental to others, we’d like to share some thoughts about a few good mothers who are mentioned in the Scriptures. You may not know their names. But they played a vital role in the lives of their sons, who in turn touched the lives of many other people.

Jocabed. She was one of the Jewish slaves living in Egypt. The Pharaoh of that day didn’t know or appreciate what Joseph, a Jew, had done for the Egyptians to keep them and the people of the world alive during seven years of famine (Genesis 41:30). Fearing that the large population of Jews might side with their enemies in wartime, Pharaoh tried to minimize their numbers and/or absorb the Jews into the Egyptian culture by having the Jewish boys killed so the Jewish girls would have to marry Egyptian men and thus lose their Jewish identity (Exodus 1, 2). When Jocabed realized that God had given to her a son she was troubled. She hid him for three months. But then she had to make a crucial decision about her son. Not wanting him to be killed by the Egyptians, she made a basket daubed with asphalt and pitch and put her baby boy in it and then placed him in the Nile River as she entrusted him to God to protect her baby. In the providence of God, Pharaoh’s daughter came across the baby and had compassion for him. The baby’s sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter if she’d like for a Jewish woman to nurse the child until he was older. She agreed to it and so the baby was given back to his mother until a later date. He was raised in Pharaoh’s court with the finest education available at that time.

Moses. But when he was about 40 years old, he took matters into his own hands rather than relying on God to direct him. He killed an Egyptian. When it was discovered, he fled to the land of Midian where he spent the next 40 years on the backside of the desert tending sheep. When he was 80 years old, God sent him back to Egypt to deliver the Jews from slavery. God showed Himself to be the true and living God by bringing the 10 plagues on the Egyptians, opening up the Red Sea for the Jews to cross, and providing some two million Jews with water, manna, and quails for 40 years. Even though God accomplished many things through Moses, He didn’t let him enter the Promised Land at that time because he disobeyed God’s command to speak to the rock rather than strike it (Numbers 20:8-13; See Exodus 17:6). However, we know that Moses was in the Promised Land during Christ’s day (Matthew 17:1-9) and will be one of the resurrected Jews who will inhabit the land during Christ’s 1,000 reign on earth (Daniel 12:12; See Isaiah 9:6, 7; Revelation 20:1-6).

Hannah. This Jewish woman suffered greatly in that she was without children for many years (1 Samuel 1:5). She also had a rival since her husband had another wife who had children of her own. But when Hannah pleaded with God to give her a son, and made a vow to dedicate him to the Lord, God answered her prayers and gave her a son who was called Samuel. God also gave Hannah more children and took her reproach away from her. “Children are a heritage of the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). Samuel was tutored by the Jewish priest, Eli for a number of years. After Eli’s death, Samuel was instrumental in anointing the first two kings over the nation of Israel – King Saul and King David, both who ruled for 40 years. He was a seer/prophet who provided the Jews with information from God to direct their lives (1 Samuel 9).

Eunice. This Jewish woman was married to a Greek man who apparently wasn’t a believer. Without a godly father in his life, Timothy was mentored by his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois. Young Timothy may have come to faith in Christ when he witnessed the Apostle Paul’s being stoned to death at Lystra and then resuscitated by the Lord (Acts 14:19; See 2 Corinthians 12:1-10). On Paul’s second missionary journey, as he came back through the region, while Timothy may have been in his late teens or early twenties, his mother let him go with the Apostle Paul and Silas on their second missionary journey (Acts 16:1ff). He witnessed Paul’s and Silas’ beatings and imprisonment in Philippi (Acts 16:22-24). Yet unlike John Mark who deserted Paul and Barnabas during their first missionary journey, when the going got touch (Acts 13:13), Timothy stayed with them and continued with them as they went from place to place evangelizing both Jews and Gentiles with the Good News concerning Christ. Later Timothy was also given the responsibility of pastoring the church at Ephesus for a while (1 Timothy 1:3). Paul wrote two letters to him that have been preserved for us to help Pastor/teachers in God’s way of leading His people.

Application. Mothers, never underestimate your important roles in life. You are molding a life that may impact hundreds, thousands, or millions of lives for good or for evil. Make sure of your own salvation first (2 Peter 1:10). Let your children learn from you while they are still young that they need to be saved too if they want to go to heaven rather than hell. Let them know that Christ died for their sins…and rose again bodily on the third day. Encourage them to trust in Him as their personal Savior. Be aware of the fact that we can’t believe for them. Pray for them and set a good example for them to follow. Let God’s love flow through you to them.

Children. “’Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2, 3). Live each day as though it might be your last day on earth or the last day of someone whom you love or know.

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