The Birds Can't Have My Boys by Steve Wagers

The Birds Can't Have My Boys
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
2 Samuel 21:1-14

1. A Law that was Violated!
A) A Foolish Covenant
B) A Fatal Covenant
2. A Loss that was Necessitated
A) The Penalty Sin Demands
B) The Pain Sin Delivers
3. A Love that was Demonstrated
A) The Difficulties she Encountered
B) The Devotion she Exhibited

They say that man is mighty,
He governs land and sea.
He wields a mighty scepter,
On lower powers than he.

But mightier power and stronger,
Man from his throne has hurled,
For the hand that rocks the cradle
Is the hand that rules the world.

In response to a letter-writing campaign, organized by Anna Jarvis, designed to give special attention to mothers; on May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the 2nd Sunday of May National Mothers' Day as a "public expression of...love and reverence for the mothers of our country." Ever since that day, we are told that more cards and telephone calls are made on Mother's Day than any other holiday.

Howard Johnson, using the word "Mother," gave the following acronym:

"M" is for the million things she gave me,
"O" means only that she's growing old,
"T" is for the tears she shed to save me,
"H" is for her heart of purest gold;
"E" is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
"R" means right, and right she'll always be,
Put them all together, they spell "MOTHER,"
A word that means the world to me.

A young, single mother with 3 children was given a play pen by one of her neighbors. A few days later, she wrote a note to the benevolent family:
"Many thanks for the play pen. It is being used every day from 2 to 3 pm. I get in it to read and the children can't get near me"

A little boy forgot his lines in a Sunday school presentation. His mother was in the front row to prompt him. She gestured and formed the words silently with her lips, but it did not help. Her son's memory was blank. Finally, she leaned forward and whispered the cue, "I am the light of the world." The child beamed and with great feeling and a loud clear voice said, "My mother is the light of the world."

Lodged into the compendium of the book of 2 Samuel is a most dramatic story. It involves a little known lady by the name of Rizpah who is an example and encouragement to every mother. She was bound and determined not to let the birds have her boys.

(1) A LAW that was VIOLATED!

(1) "Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after year; and David enquired of the LORD. And the LORD answered, It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites."

Because of a continuous famine that ravaged the land, David seeks the Lord so as to uncover the reason for God's displeasure. God informs David that the famine is judgment because of a law, or covenant that had been violated by Saul.

A) A FOOLISH Covenant

(1) "It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites."

(2) "And the king called the Gibeon ...


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