2. A mother should be a woman of faith and courage. (Jochebed) Exodus 2:1-10
Speaking of being courageous,
James Dobson tells the story of a mother who was sick in bed. She had the flu. And her little daughter wanted so much to be a good nurse. So she brought mom an extra pillow, and she brought her a magazine to read. And then she even showed up with a surprise cup of tea. And her mother took a sip of the tea, and she said, ''Wow! I didn't even know you knew how to make tea!'' And the girl said, ''Oh, yes. I learned by watching you. I put some water in the pot, and then I put the tea leaves in, and I boiled the water, and then I strained it into a cup. But I couldn't find the strainer, so I used the flyswatter instead.'' And her mother said, ''You what?!'' And the girl said, ''Oh, don't worry, mom. I didn't use the new flyswatter; I used the old one.''
The Word of God in Hebrews 11:23 says, “By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.”
What faith and courage it took to do what they did. Jocobed, we find her name in Exodus 6:20 and in Numbers 26:59, was a faithful and courageous mother who did what she thought the Lord wanted her to do to save her son. Moses was hidden from the Egyptians and his life was spared from the death of the Nile like the other children. But then, when he became so big she believed God would take care of him even if she placed him in a basket in the Nile River. It took courage to stand against what the Pharaoh wanted to do to preserve his life for God to use him in some way. Don’t you think that once Moses found out the whole story of how his mother protected him that He took heart at that kind of faith and courage?
Mothers, it takes faith and courage to raise children in this day. Thank you mothers, who have in the past, instructed your children in those two Godly characteristics of becoming children of God.
James Dobson said again, "There are few assignments in human experience that require the array of skills and wisdom needed by a Mom in fulfilling her everyday duties. She must be a resident psychologist, physician, theologian, educator, nurse, chef, taxi driver, fire marshal, and occasional police officer. And if she succeeds in each of these responsibilities, she gets to do it all again tomorrow."
I would like to add these two characteristics that will help accomplish these assignments: a mother needs faith and courage.
The story is told out of World War 2 and the holocaust that took the lives of millions of people. Solomon Rosenberg and his wife and their two sons and his mother and father were arrested and placed in a Nazi concentration camp. It was a labor camp, and the rules were simple. ''As long as you can do your work, you are permitted to live. When you become too weak to do your work, then you are exterminated.''
Rosenberg watched his mother and father marched off to their deaths and he knew that next would be his youngest son, David, because David had always been a frail child. Every evening Rosenberg came back into the barracks after his hours of labor and searched for the faces of his family. When he found them they would huddle together, embrace one another, and thank God. One day Rosenberg came back and didn't see those familiar faces. He finally discovered his oldest son, Joshua, in a corner, huddled, weeping, and praying.
He said, ''Josh, tell me it's not true.'' Joshua turned and said, ''It is true, poppa. Today David was not strong enough to do his work. So they came for him.'' ''But where is your mother?'' asked Mr. Rosenberg. ''Oh poppa,'' he said, ''When they came for David, he was afraid and he cried. Momma said, There is nothing to be afraid of, David,' and she took his hand and went with him.'' There is nothing to be afraid of. I'll go with you.''