Ex. 2:1-10 and Heb. 11:23-28

Exod 2:1-10
1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a daughter of Levi. 2 And the woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was beautiful, she hid him for three months.   3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it, and set {it} among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.   4 And his sister stood at a distance to find out what would happen to him. 5 Then the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the Nile, with her maidens walking alongside the Nile; and she saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid, and she brought it {to her.}
6 When she opened {it,} she saw the child, and behold, {the} boy was crying. And she had pity on him and said, "This is one of the Hebrews' children." 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh's daughter, "Shall I go and call a nurse for you from the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for you?" 8 And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Go {ahead} " So the girl went and called the child's mother. 9 Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her, "Take this child away and nurse him for me and I shall give {you} your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she named him Moses, and said, "Because I drew (NAS)

Heb 11:23-28
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God, than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin;    26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the first-born might not touch them. (NAS)

When I attended seminary one of my first classes was a class in Christian ethics and the professor was Dr. C.W. Scutter. One day Dr. Scutter needed to be away and had the retired ethics professor T. B. Maston come and teach. Dr. Maston began the class by asking the question, he said, "I have been asking for over 40 years every ethics class I taught this question, How many of you know that your mother and father dedicated you into the Lord's service, either before you were born or some time after your birth? Would you raise your hand?" Then Dr. Maston said that's running about the same as it has for 40 years. About 80% indicate that your parents had dedicated you unto the Lord. He made the observation, "It is a very serious commitment when a parent wants their child to be raised in the fear and admonition of the Lord."

Mothers, on this day I want to tell you that you have a sacred trust given to you as a godly mother to raise godly children. We have an interesting story in our text today, where a mother is paid for taking care of her own child. From that I want to emphasize to you that you will also be paid for rearing your children. Let's look further at this text.

1.    A MOTHERS WAGES from a . . PLANNING FAITH. v 1-4 

A. She planned to be Godly woman
        1. Daughter of Levi
            a. Married a man from LEVI
                    (1) PRIESTLY TRIBE
        2. Not afraid of the king
            a. JESUS King of kings

B. She planned to raise godly children
        1. A goodly or beautiful child

I know a family over in Illinois who had their seventeenth child. Do you know what they named the seventeenth child? They named this child Welcome Bettis, Bettis being their last name. They wanted this boy to know that he was as welcome as all of the other sixteen. It made an impact on this young man. When Moses mother looked at him, the scripture says "He was a beautiful child(a goodly child)."

        2. Hid the child - a plan
        3. Planned the Ark.

I heard a man named Manly Beasly preach on several occasions. He told of having physical problems age an infant. The doctor told the family Manly would die. His mother went out side in the yard and prayed for hours. She finally came in from praying and said "God told me I will see my boy preach the gospel" She did and now her grand son is preaching the gospel..

Many's mom got a plan from the Lord and so did Moses mother.


1. What plans are we making

2. Are you a godly mother

3. Are your plans godly plans

II.    A MOTHERS WAGES from a Protecting Faith.. v 3, 4, 7 

A. Protected by . . Bonding. v 3 a

B. Protected by . . Building the Ark - JESUS. v 3 b
        1.    Jesus is an ark of safety.

C. Protected in . . Boating Moses out. v 3 c
        1. Protection of faith send them out
            a. Train up a child
        2. Protection of sister and others. v 4 & 7
            a. Church friends - SS teachers, etc
            b. Little preschoolers in our church.
                    (1) Teachers don't want to give them up
                    (2) Children excitedly run into class
                    (3) They don't baby sit - they teach

Some one made a study of the effects of war on the children of England who lived through WWII. It contrasted the adjustments of children who stayed with their parents through the danger and the children who were sent away, from their parents and danger.

The children who stayed with their parents did better. The application is certainly here that mothers and fathers are a tremendous benefit even in times of trouble, difficulty and danger.


- How are we protecting our children?

1. Through Bible study

2. Through Godly associates

III.    A MOTHERS WAGES from a . . Praying Faith.   9 & Heb 11:23

A. Wages from keeping her own child.
        1. Her faith caused this. 1:23
        2. All parents receive wages.
                a. Rebellious child.
                    (1) Just like parents.
                b. Godly child
                    (1) Just like parents.

B. Notice her wages in the life of Moses.
        1. Refused to be called son of Pharaoh's daughter. v 24
        2. Choose pain vs pleasure. v 25
        3. Choose the reproach of Christ. v 26
                a. Looking to the reward
        4. By faith he left Egypt. v 27
                a. Endured - his eyes on Jesus. Heb. 12:1&2
There lived at one time in England a remarkable women. She had nineteen children. Their infant life was regulated by method. Their sleep was meted out by rule. Each child on its fifth birthday began to have regular lessons. The mother was herself the teacher of all the children, younger and older. She had marvelous ability, wonderful patience, and her success in the training and education of her children has won for her an unquestionable place among great mothers-- Susan Wesley, mother of John and Charles Wesley, we might add, Mother of Methodism.

D. L. Moody said all that he ever accomplished in his life was due to his mother.

Daniel Webster ascribed his masterful use of English to his mother's teaching.

Robert Moffatt testified that it was his mother's influence that led him to become a missionary.

John Randolph said, "I would have been an atheist but for the recollection of kneeling at my mother's side while she taught me to say-- `Our Father.' "


Mother - what are your wages today?


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