Text: Exodus 1 and 2
The Moses story pictures redemption really well. In fact, it typifies the Jesus story. Both stories are accurate and real but this one foretells God’s redemptive heart in a way that blazes a trail for the ultimate REAL story of Jesus.
Both were born under foreign domination (Moses – Egyptian bondage & Jesus – Roman bondage)
Both had rulers that tried to kill them shortly after their birth (Exodus 1:15-22; Matthew 2:16-18)
What can all mankind learn from maternal love?
A Mother’s love is like Summer weeds.
A good Mother’s love survives/even thrives in the harshest conditions.
A Mother’s love is like an unexpected Garden.
Mothers make impossible circumstances work to benefit their blessings. When it comes to those little ones, “no” is not an option. Good mothers have a never give up/I’ll find a way mentality. This thinking serves progress and innovation well in many realms.
A Mother’s love is like a worker bee.
(from en.wikipedia.org/) Kin selection is the evolutionary strategy that favors the reproductive success of an organism’s relatives, even at a cost to the organism’s own survival and reproduction. Kin altruism is altruistic behavior whose evolution is driven by kin selection. Kin selection is an instance of inclusive fitness, which combines the number of offspring produced with the number an individual can produce by supporting others, such as siblings. (from en.wikipedia.org/)
Here’s the BIG IDEA— the GOSPEL idea: Good Mothers absolutely value the identity found in Motherhood BUT they find joy in their blessings’ well being OVER their own identity.
It’s more blessed to give than to receive.
Do you see the implications for us all?
What if our individual recognition was subject to the greater good? What if our role and desire for recognition was submissive to our desire for human flourishing? Natural motherhood takes us halfway; a willingness to sacrifice and protect is seen in most. However, Christian motherhood takes us the rest of the way home. They are able to be open handed with their gifts because they readily recognize that they aren’t the hero of the story. Their personal identity isn’t that which props up human existence. In a word, they have “perspective.” This perspective allows one to rise above her present circumstance and find rest. It’s transcendent perspective.
Moses’ mom created all that she could, she sent her blessing to the bulrushes, and she trusted God!
A Christian Mother’s love can be open handed because her ultimate identity (like all Christians) rests beyond motherhood!
A Mother’s love is a gift from God
Because all good gifts are from God. James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Because God is the source of all true love. 1 John 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Because God is the giver of life, says that children are blessings, and calls parent’s into stewardship of his children.
We celebrate the good gift of maternal love! We are instructed by it and we go beyond it to celebrate God of heaven who lovingly blesses us all.