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Dear mama-mothers-day-2011

  1. 1. Message Title DEAR MAMA Message Date(s) WEEKEND – MAY 7-8, 2011SCREENS> Exodus 2:1-41 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married adaughter of Levi. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son;and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him forthree months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, shegot him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar andpitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among thereeds by the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distanceto find out what would happen to him.“Dear Mama" is a rap song by American hip hop artist 2Pac.The track was produced by Tony Pizarro for 2Pacs third soloalbum Me Against the World, released in 1995. "Dear Mama"was written by 2Pac as an ode to his own mother, AfeniShakur."Dear Mama" was released on February 21, 1995 as the firstsingle for the album. The single was the most successful of allthe singles released from the album. The song is consideredby critics, fans, and purists as one of the greatest hip hopsongs of all-time, and one of 2Pacs best songs in particular,being ranked number four on About.coms "Top 100 RapSongs" list.[1] It was announced on June 23, 2010 that theLibrary of Congress is preserving Dear Mama, along with 24other songs, in the National Recording Registry for theircultural significance.[2] 1
  2. 2. When I was young, me and my mama had beef17 years old kicked out on the streetsThough back in the time, I never thought Id see her faceAint a woman alive that can take my mommas placeSuspended from school, scared to go homeI was a fool with the big boys breaking all the rulesShed tears with my baby sisterOver the years we was poorer than the other little kidsAnd even though we had different daddiesThe same drama when things went wrong we blamedmamaI reminisced on the stress I caused, it was hellHuggin’ on my mama from a jail celland whod think in elementary, heeeey I’d see thePenitentiary, one day, running from the police, thats rightMomma catch me--put a whoopin’ to my backsideAnd even as a crack fiend mama,Ya always was a black queen mamaI finally understand for a womanIt aint easy--trying to raise a manYa always was committed, a poor single mother on welfare,Tell me how ya did itTheres no way I can pay ya backBut the plan is to show ya that I understand.You are appreciated......Mother’s day messages are always a little tricky for pastors,like Tupac, many of us are a bit ambivalent regardingmotherhood and its impact both on us and are children. 2
  3. 3. (a) for some, motherhood is an accident, and not always awelcome one;- for some, biological motherhood isn’t possible;- for some, mothers weren’t all that nice;- for some, motherhood under the very best ofcircumstances is still less than a bed of roses and a primrosepath.- for some momma just wasn’t there- for some it seems like momma just didn’t careBut that said, I still find it necessary to celebrate and speakto what I honestly consider to be the hardest and mostimportant job in the world.One such case is found in the book of Exodus where one ofthe most famous men in history’s life was preserved at leastin part by the love and concern of his mama.In Exodus 2, to give you some quick context, obviouslyPharaoh’s decree jeopardized Moses’ life. The names ofMoses’ parents are not given here but in 6:20 it is learnedthat his father was Amram and his mother Jochebed,Amram’s aunt. This Levite couple had two other children:Miriam and Aaron. Moses’ parents defied Pharaoh’s decreeand hid the baby. The infant was named not by his parentsbut by an Egyptian princess (Ex. 2:10).The child was fine (v. 2), that is, beautiful and healthy.Stephen said Moses ―was no ordinary child‖ (Acts 7:20); sodid the writer to the Hebrews (Heb. 11:23). Acting by faith inGod’s ability to solve their problem, Moses’ parents hid him,not fearing the king’s edict. But after three months it was nolonger safe to keep him at home. —Bible Knowledge Commentary 3
  4. 4. Look at verse 3:SCREENS> Exodus 2:3 But when she could hide him nolonger, she got him a wicker basket and covered it overwith tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set itamong the reeds by the bank of the Nile.The first thing I notice about Mama Jochebed and mostmothers I know is that:SCREENS> Mothers make adjustments, not excusesIn other words, they do what they have to do to preservetheir children.But here is another major observation—She hid him as longas she could, but at some point:SCREENS> She had to let him goShe surrounded him with the best structure possible, and theLET HIM GO!Have you ever considered that that Moses would havenever reached his maximum potential is momma wouldhave not LET HIM GO!!(Work mothers who help grown kids too much)Moses mother was a woman of great wisdom, a womanwho planned ahead and trusted God completely. The daycame when the baby Moses could no longer be hidden inthe house. Why? Scripture does not say. If you study thehistory and culture of the period then you know that therewere bound to be periodic patrols down the streets to keepthe slaves under control. This always happens when anypeople are being kept in subjection. There also must have 4
  5. 5. been periodic house-to-house searches, just to make sureno newborn children were being hidden.Babies cry; thus there was great danger that Moses cryingmight be heard by a patrolling guard or that he might bediscovered by some guard searching their familys house.There was even the possibility that some neighbor, hoping toreceive a reward or to be favored by the Egyptians, couldsnitch on the child.The day came when Moses could no longer be hidden. Hismother had to do something. What could she do to saveher child? She had to be wise—work out the wisest plan shecould—and she had to trust God, completely trust Him touse her plan and save her child. This she did.How many of us can remember some moves our mothersmade to preserve us. Like Tupac’s mama, sadly, sometimesthey were not godly moves, but they did the best theycould where they were at the time! (Really work here onforgiving our parents for their naivety and mistakes)Right here tell the story quickly in 2 Kings 3 about the twowomen who came to Solomon about a baby that theyboth claimed was their own, and how Solomon said, “Let’scut the baby in half,” and the real mother was willing togive up the child to save it’s life. (Work)  She made a watertight ark-like basket (Exodus 2:3).  She put Moses in the basket and placed the basket among the reeds of the Nile River. No doubt, she knew right where Pharaohs daughter (and probably other Egyptian officials) bathed and swam. She knew that Moses could be saved from the kings death threat only 5
  6. 6. if some Egyptian official could find him, have compassion, and keep the child as his or her own. Thus when she placed the ark-like basket in the Nile River, she was trusting God to cause some Egyptian authority to find the baby and save him.(WOW! Work here on how people who were abandoned orput up for adoption should consider their mothersextenuating circumstances at the time!!)Moses’ mother Jochebed decided to hide the child in abasket along the Nile River among the dense reeds. Shewove papyrus stems into a boxlike structure and thencoated the exterior with tar and pitch.Wait a minute! That sounds familiar! Look at Genesis 6:14:SCREENS> Gen. 6:14 Make for yourself an ark of gopherwood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover itinside and out with pitch.Everybody preaches about Noah’s ark, this weekend I wantto deal with Jochebeds ark, or should I say:SCREENS> Mama’s arkArk represents a place of safety and security. (Work aminute)Touch somebody and tell them- My mama saved my life!!!Look at verse 4 because I gotta hurry:SCREENS> His sister stood at a distance to find out whatwould happen to him.Jochebed had the baby’s sister Miriam stand at a distance.Was this a preconceived plot on Jochebed’s part, hoping 6
  7. 7. that someone would find and protect the child? I’m gladyou asked! Heck yeah it was!SCREENS> Mothers always have a planShe said look girl, keep an eye on your brother!! Go as far asyou can to see about him. (Work)SCREENS> Exodus 2:5-6 5 The daughter of Pharaoh camedown to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walkingalongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among thereeds and sent her maid, and she brought it to her. 6 Whenshe opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the boy wascrying. And she had pity on him and said, "This is one of theHebrews children." (Preach here on how God manipulatessituations and circumstances to get you where He wantsyou!!)SCREENS> Exodus 2:7-8 7 Then his sister said to Pharaohsdaughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from theHebrew women that she may nurse the child for you?"8 Pharaohs daughter said to her, "Go ahead." So the girlwent and called the childs mother.(Work here on how Moses sister made a slick move thatchanged his life—how it was the women of his life thatpreserved him—How I’m going to write a book called “TheWomen of My Life!”)SCREENS> Exodus 2: 9-10 9 Then Pharaohs daughter said toher, "Take this child away and nurse him for me and I willgive you your wages." So the woman took the child andnursed him. 10 The child grew, and she brought him toPharaohs daughter and he became her son. And shenamed him Moses, and said, "Because I drew him out of thewater." 7
  8. 8. God I feel this! Are you telling me she got paid to raise herown child?BEING A GOOD MOTHER WILL PAY OFF ATERWHILE!!!(Deal with good godly mothers who did things the right wayin a biblical and traditional sense)Have you ever considered that it was necessary for Mosesto live with Pharaoh’s daughter for a while, because shetaught him how to lead? God has given many of us morethan one woman to mother us to make us what He wantedus to be.His mama birthed him when she could have aborted him,his sister followed him and looked out for him, Pharaoh’sdaughter took him in and taught him some stuff his mamacould not have based on where she was at the time. (Reallycommend women who have or are raising children they didnot birth, how you can give that child something the realmomma might not have given them! Work blended familiesright here)As I look back retrospectively at my life, right or wrong, itwas women that played a significant role in who I amtoday.  My mama for birthing me  My great grandma, Lula Mae Hughley, we called her Madea (no offense Tyler, but she was the first Madea), for just teaching me who Jesus is  My cousin Dorothy, for helping rear me and going to work faithfully everyday for years, embedding in me by example the tenacious work ethic that I have to this day. 8
  9. 9.  My grandmama Alice Franklin, for opening her home to any of us who needed it.  My mother-in-law Dorothy Mae Williams, for being the epitome of class and femininity.  My daughter Chanae, who has loved me unreservedly from the first day she met me  And most of all, my queen, Victory Rose Vernon, who has always made me feel that I could accomplish anything.And many brothers in this room, if youre godly honest,would have to admit that God has given you a plethora ofwomen that have contributed to making you the man thatyou are today.In closing look at:SCREENS> Isaiah 66:13 NIV As a mother comforts her child,so will I comfort you; and you will be comforted overJerusalem.Theologically God is always depicted in the masculine as afather, but he also has a mothering side according to thistext. (Unpack that)If your human mother was not there God is a mother to themotherless and a father to the fatherless.SCREENS> Psalms 27:10 For my father and my mother haveforsaken me, But the LORD will take me up.(Minister and open the altars) 9

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