• W. Austin Gardner

A Mother of Great, Godly, Children



Exodus 2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink. 4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. 5 And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river’s side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children. 7 Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8 And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child’s mother. 9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

  1. A mother of great, godly, children needs a right relationship with God Exodus 2:1 And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi.

  2. Her parents were godly people, of the tribe of Levi, God’s servants

  3. She knows God has a plan for her child’s life and risks hers to fulfill God’s plan Exodus 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

  4. She willingly sacrificed herself for the future of her son

  5. You can’t save your children or make the decision for them

  6. You can provide an environment and training that will get them ready to trust Christ. Make your home a school of faith

  7. A mother of great, godly, children refuses to accept the world’s opinion about her children Exodus 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

  8. They had children when it was too dangerous to have children. They wanted children.

  9. They didn’t find children to be a nuisance but a blessing, he was a proper, goodly, handsome, beautiful child

  10. She thought his life had value and was worth living even at great risk and cost to her

  11. They were together in the desire to raise godly children Hebrews 11:23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

  12. Value the opportunity to be a parent. Children are a loan gift from God.

  13. A mother of great, godly, children resists the world’s opinion about how to raise and train children Exodus 2:2 And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months.

  14. The world wanted her child dead and she refused to accept their opinion

  15. The world wants God’s people to just give up our children so that the world can mold them

  16. We want to teach our children about God and to live for Him Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord: 5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. 6 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: 7 And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

  17. Moses had a strong, godly influence placed in his life Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

  18. How did she use her time knowing it was so limited

  19. Do you realize your time to teach and train your child is very limited?

  20. Are you allowing the world to train your child or are you resisting sin and its influence in your child’s life?

  21. A mother of great, godly, children releases her children into the hand of God Exodus 2:3 And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.

  22. What faith it took to place the baby in the river and trust God

  23. The river was a place of death, where they killed the babies

  24. She sent her daughter to watch over, all she could as she trusted God Exodus 2:4 And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

  25. Our job is to train them all we can while we can and then to give them up to God to do with them as He wishes

  26. We can’t control their lives but we can trust God with them Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  27. We can’t protect them forever, all we can do is trust God I Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

  28. We must allow God to work. We train and prepare and wait to see what God wants to do

  29. A mother of great, godly, children raises her children Biblically Exodus 2:9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

  30. See how God protected and provided

  31. She had compassion for the child Exodus 2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.

  32. She gave her the money to raise the child Exodus 2:9 And Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

  33. We are to bring our children up in the faith Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

  34. We are to teach them how they ought to live Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: And when he is old, he will not depart from it. Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

  35. Moses knew who he was Acts 7:23 And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

  36. Things to consider as you raise your children

  37. Discipline them without losing control. You do not want them to despise your teaching

  38. Be there for your children, let them talk to you

  39. Forgive and don’t keep reminding them of their failures

  40. Teach them how to handle money and do not spoil them

  41. Don’t manipulate your children comparing them to others

  42. Work together as parents

  43. Teach your children to make decisions and discipline themselves

  44. A mother of great, godly, children returns her children to the God who gave them Exodus 2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.

  45. As a mother, she realized that she only had Moses for a brief time

  46. She didn’t run, hide, or resist but used her time wisely

  47. She raised a man that God would use to lead Israel along with a daughter and another son who become some of the most famous in the Bible

  48. Have you surrendered your will and desire for the Lord’s? Do you want your children to serve God?

  49. Do you train them up and wait on God to do whatever He wants?

  50. A mother of great, godly, children is rewarded

  51. Her son is listed as a great man of faith in the faith chapter Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

  52. Her son becomes a great man of God who delivers Israel from their slavery and captivity

  53. Did she ever consider that God would do something so great with her baby?

  54. Her success as a mother was teaching her son about the God of Israel and His work and will

  55. Her son accomplished things no one had ever done before Psalm 127:4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; So are children of the youth. 5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be ashamed, But they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

  56. Do you see the spiritual, seriousness of being a mother?

  57. What is your spiritual condition?

  58. What does your life teach your children?

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