Mother Knows Best
Today, I'm going to preach a Mother's Day sermon, and some of you may be dreading it. You'd just as soon do eight loads of laundry or get a root canal than listen to a Mother's Day sermon! One group says, ''I'm tired of getting hammered on Mother's Day with impossible expectations. I'd like to be the ideal mom, but I'm too busy raising children!'' A second group says, ''I'm a woman without children. Mother's Day is hard for me. It's awkward because I feel like I don't fit.'' To women in both groups, I want to say, ''Relax! I don't want to add to the pressure or pain that comes from being a mom or not being a mom. I want to encourage you from the Bible about the impact you can make on the next generation-your children, if you're a mom, or your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, students, or neighbor kids who live next door. And this is a sermon not only for moms, but for dads, teachers, coaches, aunts, uncles, grandparents, and next-door neighbors of children. Men, this is not a day off when the sermon is just for mothers, so stop daydreaming! I want to share with all of you a lesson that wise moms and other influential people can teach the next generation. Since the vision of our church is ''transferring truth to the next generation,'' this sermon is relevant for all of us.
Our text for today is Proverbs 31, but I want to talk about the ''other'' Proverbs 31 woman. The Proverbs 31 woman described in 31:10-31 gets all the press. But I'm interested in what the ''other'' Proverbs 31 woman listed in 31:1-9 has to say. In these verses, we'll study an admonition from a mother to her son.
Our text begins with these words: ''The words of King Lemuel, the oracle which his mother taught him: What, O my son? And what, O son of my womb? And what, O son of my vows?'' (31:1-2). The words that we will study today are recorded by King Lemuel. Unfortunately, we don't have a clue as to who Lemuel is. It's likely that he's a pro ...
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