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What It Takes to Be a Mother

A mother's ultimate purpose is to instill in her child a love for God.

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Mother's Day is just around the corner (May 9), and should you decide to offer a message for the occasion, Mark Mitchell's look at the life of Jochebed (Moses' mother) might provide some helpful direction for your preaching.


I don't know why, but it seems that when Mother's Day comes around each year, I can't let it pass without preaching a sermon on it. I'm more likely to let Father's Day pass by without a message specifically for fathers—which doesn't make a lot of sense, seeing as I'm a father myself, so I have a lot more to say to fathers than mothers! Maybe the reason I tend to do something special for Mother's Day is because I think mothers are some of the most under-appreciated people in the world. On Mother's Day I like to remind everyone to be good to their mothers and appreciate them more. But today's message is not about how to be good to your mother; today's message is about a mother who had to make some hard choices for the welfare of her son. Being a mother or a father isn't for the faint of heart. It requires some tough decisions—decisions that are risky and heart-wrenching, decisions that require faith.

Jochebed: A finely drawn portrait of a mother with faith

I'd like for us to reflect on the story of a woman who is mentioned only a few times in Scripture. Yet despite her low profile, she provides a finely drawn portrait of a mother with faith. In fact, she even made it into the "Hall of Fame" for faith in Hebrews 11:23. Her name, according to Numbers 26:59, was Jochebed. She was Moses' mother.

The nation Israel had been in Egypt for almost 400 years. They grew and prospered there, but before long, ...

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Mark Mitchell is pastor of Central Peninsula Church in Foster City, California.

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Being a mother isn't for the faint of heart.

I. Jochebed: A finely drawn portrait of a mother with faith

II. Jochebed had a courageous faith.

III. Jochebed had a sensible faith.

IV. Jochebed's courageous, sensible faith was rewarded.


A mother's ultimate purpose is to instill in her child knowledge of, faith in, and love for God.