The first mother was Eve. Of Eve, it can be said
B1 She has a different spirit than Adam
D1 Covered-up his sin
D2 Blamed Eve and God for his sin
D3 Did not admit and confess his sin
D4 Because of Adam’s sin, the world was cursed.
D5 Adam received no promises, just cursed.
D1 Confessed her sin, “I was deceived, and ate.”
D2 The world was not cursed because of Eve.
D3 She was punished with the announcement that she would be experiencing birth pain.
D4 God gave her a wonderful promise, that of the coming deliverer, the Messiah. He would come through her descendants. This was fulfilled by the Virgin Mary giving birth to the Lord Jesus, the Messiah.
B2 She was honest
C1 Eve did not hide her sin or blame others
C2 Eve confessed her sin. We learn from her
D1 She sets the example of confession. 1 John 1:9 NLT But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
D2 Contrast hiding/concealing sin and confession. Adam concealed; Eve confessed. Psalm 32:3, 5 NLT When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long…5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. Interlude
D3 Eve received mercy. Proverbs 28:13 NLT People who conceal their sins will not prosper, but if they confess and turn from them, they will receive mercy.
B3 The point here for Mother’s Day is to remind us that we can learn from our mothers, our wives, and our daughters. We need to listen to what they are saying—really listening.
Some things about your mother
B1 Do visit her.
B2 Do listen to her. Loneliness is a heavy burden.
B3 Call them.
B4 Help them on a project like cleaning or repairing.
B5 If your mother has died, do not forget the things she taught you. Tell someone about the things she taught you.
B6 If your mother was evil, you have deep scars. So,
C1 There are evil mothers. Mother’s Day brings painful memories.
C2 Remember Athaliah. She killed her grandchildren. See 2 Kings 11:1-20.
If you’re married, some things about your wife.
B1 Help her fold laundry, do dishes, or cook a meal.
B3 Ask her what you do special today. If she tells it would be helpful if you cleaned the house, do it.
Single mothers are mothers, too. Don’t forget them. They may feel left out. Honor them for the extra work they do. Find some things we can help them with. The same goes for widows, too.
Singles are worthy women, too. Include them in your life. Honor them for contributing to society, church, and in other’s lives.
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