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All the mothers were honored in the morning service with a small book of devotions. Later on before dismissing at noon, Pastor Bob said that all the women are important whether they had children or not, and gave all the women their choice of yellow, violet, or blue Pansies after the service.

Pastor Bob Sorensen used Exodus 2:1-10 as the text for his Mother’s Day message he called, “The Wages of a Godly Woman.”

Amram and Jochebed were of the tribe of Levi of the nation of Israel, slaves in Egypt. Pharaoh had commanded that every son born to the Israelites should be cast into the river and every daughter saved alive. When Jochebed had a son born, she saw that he was a “goodly” child and hid him three months. When she could not hide him any longer, she made an ark of bulrushes and laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. Pharaoh’s daughter came to wash at the river and found the ark among the flags. When she opened it, the baby cried, and she had compassion on it. She recognized that it was one of the Hebrew’s children, but she took it for her own. She hired Jochebed to nurse the baby for her and when he was weaned, Jochebed brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, who named him, Moses.

Moses became a significant figure in the history of Israel. He was a man of many contrasts. Born the son of a slave, but raised as the son of a princess. Born to poverty, raised in wealth. The leader of an army, a warrior, but meek in attitude. Educated in the wisdom of Egypt, but willing to dwell in the desert keeping sheep. Backward in speech, but he talked with God. He was a fugitive from Egypt, but returned to Egypt to be an ambassador for Israel to Pharaoh. Moses died on one mountain, but appeared with Jesus on another mountain.

Jochebed had courage in perilous times. She might have had an excuse just to kill the baby. What would have happened if she had obeyed the law to kill her son?  Moses was instrumental in delivering Israel from Egypt, in the parting of the Red Sea, the receiving of the Ten Commandments and all the law of the Lord. Moses was given instructions for the building of the Tabernacle with the altars, candlesticks, and all the other furnishings of the Tabernacle. He was given instructions for the various sacrifices and  offerings, instructions for the work of the priests and Levites, and everything about how they were to worship the Lord. What would have happened if she had aborted Moses?

We live in perilous times. Do we have courage to follow the teachings of the Bible in the rearing of children? God gives the responsibility of the raising of children to parents, not to government, not to society. The Bible has a good deal to say about the raising of children. The Bible tells parents to train up children to fear God and obey the commandments. Children are told, “Honour thy father and mother: that these days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.”

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