Mother’s Day

12 May 2013


1.   Introduction

·         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.


4. Application

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!”