12 May 2013
· Today our focus is on honouring mothers and placing value upon mothers.
· Mother’s day will bring mixed responses from different people.
(i) Sadness - Those who have recently lost a mother; or lost a child
- Those who were abandoned or abused by a mother
(ii) Rejoicing - Those who have happy memories and experiences by a mother.
· Today we want to acknowledge and appreciate mothers – many different mothers
- Grandmothers - Mothers of teens - Mothers of newborns
- Great Grandmothers - Mothers of primary kids - Mothers to be
- Mothers – Kids left home - Mothers of preschoolers
· Mothers are called to represent a unique aspect of what God is like.
· The nature of God is revealed through His design in men and women.
2. Nurture and Belonging are Key Human Needs
· Is. 49:14-16 “Can a woman forget her suckling children, that she should have compass on
the son of her womb? They may forget, yet will I not forget you.”
· Notice the complaint God’s people make in vs14 about God
i) Forsaken = OT5800 = to abandon, to desert, to leave alone to face life.
ii) Forgotten = OT7911 = to put out of the mind, no longer think about. i.e. God doesn’t care about me, He has abandoned me. i.e. “unfriended”
· These are two very painful feelings that many people experience.
· I am on my own, no one cares about me and what I have to …
· It is a negative way of thinking – it is not true! It is a tormenting lie.
3. How a Mother Reflects Gods Caring Nature
· Vs15. Can a woman forget her nursing child?
· God uses the picture of a mother breastfeeding her baby to describe her care.
i) He constantly thinks about us.
· A new mother is constantly thinking about her new born child and it’s needs.
· Ps. 139:16 “How precious are your thoughts to me Oh God, how great is the sum of them. If I should count them they are more number than of sand.”
· Now mother is concerned about child’s safety.
· Thy walls are ever before me – God is concerned about our safety, protection.
ii) He is bonded in love to us
· There is a deep and tender bond between a mother and newborn child.
· The bond forms and develops in the womb as the child senses the mother’s spirit and love.
· 1 Cor. 6:17 “He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him”.
iii) He is responsive to our cries
· The mother of a new born child is deeply attentive to the cries of her child. She recognises her child’s cries and even can recognise what it needs.
· Ps. 34:6 “This poor man cried and the Lord heard him and delivered him out of all his trouble.”
· Jer. 33:3 “Call unto me and I will answer you.”
iv) He reaches out to comfort
· A mother naturally gathers up her child to comfort and nurture with touch and words.
· Is. 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts so will I comfort you.”
· The Holy Spirit of God is a comforter – one sent to comfort us.
· Acts 9:31 “…and walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit they were multiplied.”
NOTE: the second picture revealed to Isaiah.
Is 49:16 “I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.”
· You write on your hands things you want to be reminded of – not forget.
· God uses this picture to describe His deep connection with us.
i) Personal response to Christ and become joined to God
· Born again – new supernatural life of God birthed within.
ii) Confront the lie that presses and torments – “I am abandoned, forgotten”
· Reject this life – if it is rooted in painful experiences – forgive.
· Meditate on and declare the truth – “I will not forget you.”
iii) Express appreciation in words, gifts, time to your mother.
· Express your gratitude for her sacrifices for you being there.
· “I see what God is like when I see you!”