A Portrait of a Godly Mother

A Portrait of a Godly Mother


Exodus 2:1-10 (ESV) ~ Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him. Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.” Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”


Today is a day when we take the time to honor the one human being who unselfishly gives herself to her children time and time again, without asking anything in return, our mother.


But, this morning, I want us to understand that giving birth to a child, doesn’t make you a mother. It is the actions and care you give to a child that make you a mother. There are MANY women today that are physical, spiritual and emotional moms and to those we say – THANK YOU!


In the passage, we are introduced to a woman named Jochebed. Due to her selfless love and sacrifice, it made possible the exodus of God’s people from Egypt and literally changed the course of history.


  • We see her Credentials
    • Every mother needs a relationship with the Lord. I can also say that every child deserves a saved, sold out, dedicated mother.
    • Nothing would make more difference in the lives of our children than having good, godly examples in the home. (We need godly fathers as well!)
  • We see her Courage
    • God gives us parents who aren’t afraid to take a stand for that which is right in these dark, sinful days.
    • God is looking for parents who are willing to say, “Enough is enough, my child is going to learn the way of the Lord!”
    • God is looking for spiritual moms to declare over her family …
      • Joshua 24:15 (ESV) ~ And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
    • Parents, we need to set the example for our kids and don’t wonder why they are not serving God, if we are not setting the right example.
    • EXAMPLE ~ Once a little boy asked his father what a Christian was. For a long time, the father sat with the son explaining in great detail exactly what a Christian was supposed to be. When he was finished, he felt like he had done a pretty good job of describing a Christian, as well as himself. His illusions, however, were shattered when his son asked, “Dad, have I ever met one?”
  • We See Her Confidence
    • By confidence, I am referring to faith. This mother was a woman motivated by a strong faith in the will of a Sovereign God! Her faith was so strong that she was named to God’s Hall of the Faithful in Hebrews 11. She needed this kind of faith to accomplish what she did for the Lord and her son. She needed faith to:
      • Resist the World
        • The world was crying out for the death of her son, but this mother stood strong in the face of this attacked and placed her son above the will of the world into the will of God.
        • So it is today! The world demands that parents hand over their children and allow them to be trained and taught the ways of the world. But, our children need and deserve better than that! We need some parents who will teach their children the ways of God and steer them clear of the world and its devises.
      • Release the Child
        • It took faith for this mother to take her hands off the life of this child and leave him to the will of God.
        • It takes faith for us to let our children go, but that day is coming. Some parents live in denial and try to hold on to their children far too long, but the day is coming, sooner or later, when that child must be allowed to become an adult. It takes faith to just leave them in the had of God, but the child who has a praying mother, a past filled with the Bible and training in the way of the Lord has the advantage and will do well
      • Raise the Child
        • After Moses had been found by Pharaoh’s daughter, Miriam and Jochebed were able to work things out to where Jochebed became the nurse for her own son. It took great faith for her to raise this child under those conditions. However, she was given the opportunity to teach Moses about Jehovah, about true worship and about right living. She had the opportunity to do her best by her son.
        • We are required to do the same thing! All we can do is our best by our children. May I say that they need love, acceptance, Bible teaching, preaching, church, godly examples to emulate and especially, they need a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ! If you give your children to God and then give them all the God you can, you have done your best. They then have a foundation from which they can grow and mature into healthy saints of God.
Pastor Andy Lambert

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