Two Mothers Who Lost Their Sons
Genesis 3:20; 4:1, 2, 8; John 19:25-30
Sunday, May 9, 2004
HUMOR: Today is Mother's Day," a day we have set aside to honor our mothers. It is a day we recognize them for their love, their affection and their support. Speaking of support, we all understand that in the eyes of a mother a child can do no wrong...she will defend him to the end. Have you ever heard a mother say, "My child did it?"
In a speech before regional community leaders in Kingsport, Tennessee, Ernie Deavenport, chairman and CEO of Eastman Chemical Company, made a pitch for cooperation and teamwork between his company and the community leaders. To highlight his message, he told this story about a Little League coach: At one point during a game, the coach said to one of his young players, "Do you understand what cooperation is? What a team is?
The little boy nodded in the affirmative.
"Do you understand that what matters is whether we win together as a team?"
The little boy nodded yes.
"So," the coach continued, "When a strike is called, or you're out at first, you don't argue or yell or attack the umpire. Do you understand all that?"
Again, the little boy nodded.
"Good," said the coach. "Now go over there and explain it to your mother."1
1. This morning I want speak to you about the two most important mothers in the Bible who lost their sons--Eve, the mother of Abel, and Mary, the mother of Jesus.
I. EVE, AND THE LOSS OF HER SON, ABEL
First, let us consider Eve. The name Eve means "life-giver." We know very little about Eve, the first woman in the world, yet she is the mother of us all. She was the final piece in the intricate and amazing puzzle of God's creation. Adam now had another human being with whom to fellowship--someone with an equal share in God's image. Here was someone alike enough for companionship, yet different enough for a relationship. Together they were greater than either cou ...
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