Sermon title:   Mothers Day in the End Times

Immanuel Baptist Church – Sunday, May 9, 2021

 

Our Scripture reading for this morning

is Proverbs Chapter 31 beginning with the 10th Verse.

10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife?

She is more precious than rubies.

11 Her husband can trust her,

nd she will greatly enrich his life.

12 She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.

13 She finds wool and flax

and busily spins it.

14 She is like a merchant’s ship,

bringing her food from afar.

15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household

and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.

16 She goes to inspect a field and buys it;

with her earnings she plants a vineyard.

17 She is energetic and strong,

a hard worker.

18 She makes sure her dealings are profitable;

her lamp burns late into the night.

19 Her hands are busy spinning thread,

her fingers twisting fiber.

20 She extends a helping hand to the poor

and opens her arms to the needy.

21 She has no fear of winter for her household,

for everyone has warm clothes.

22 She makes her own bedspreads.

She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.

23 Her husband is well known at the city gates,

where he sits with the other civic leaders.

24 She makes belted linen garments

and sashes to sell to the merchants.

25 She is clothed with strength and dignity,

and she laughs without fear of the future.

26 When she speaks, her words are wise,

and she gives instructions with kindness.

27 She carefully watches everything in her household

and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.

Her husband praises her:

29 “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world,

but you surpass them all!”

30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last;

but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.

31 Reward her for all she has done.

Let her deeds publicly declare her praise..

 

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SERMON:

 

What a joy it is!—this time of year—

to look out at our yard and see all the birds

pairing up together into loving couples

to raise their baby birds!

Just in time for Mothers Day,

the little mothers-to-be are busy making preparations

for their new role.

 

First, they inspect the real estate—

the available bird houses and nesting locations.

 

It’s amazing to see these tiny feathered creatures

give up their usual routine

and start visiting bird houses together—

the male and female communicating together

in ways that are beyond us to figure out,

as they accept or reject each location

for criteria already planted

in their tiny brains.

 

Our house is surrounded by trees and bird houses.

 

A pair of song sparrows claimed a luxurious bird house

built by Bob Willett,

and they’ve been busy for days

getting it ready for the chicks they will hatch.

We have several other bird houses sitting empty,

but a pair of chickadees settled, instead, on

the box supporting our light fixture.

 

They worked on it for weeks, trying to create an opening.

 

Failing to get in, they returned again the next spring,

and finally converted the light fixture box

into a birdhouse.

 

This spring a pair of white-breasted nuthatches

grabbed the prime real estate,

before the chickadees could make it back.

 

But nuthatches are larger than chickadees,

so they spent additional weeks enlarging the hole.

 

It shows how determined a mother bird can be

to make a nest that will be just right for her brood of chicks.

 

If we watch the birds,

we can learn a lot about motherhood, parenting,

and many other aspects of life.

 

The Bible encourages us to look for those lessons

that God put there in plain sight

for us to learn from the birds, the animals,

and even the insects.

 

Proverbs 6:6 says,

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! 7 Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, 8 they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.

 

And Job 12:7 says,

Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you.

 

When we watch the birds and animals,

we find lessons on good behavior,

but also lessons on how not to behave.

 

For example, Job Chapter 39 uses the ostrich,

to teach women how not to mother their children.

 

Job 39:13 says,

13 “The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; but are they the feathers and plumage of love? 14 For she leaves her eggs on the earth, warms them in the dust, 15 and forgets that the foot may crush them, or that the wild animal may trample them. 16 She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers.

 

Happily, our mothers did not act like the ostrich,

but, rather, cared for us and nurtured us with love.

 

The Lord put these bird and animal behaviors

into these creatures,

so that we could watch them

and learn universal lessons.

 

But today, the devil’s agents have re-ordered human society

to make it almost impossible for mothers

to successfully raise their children

to follow the ways of the Lord.

 

2 Corinthians 4:4 says

the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers

 

John 12:31 says,

Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out.

 

Satan the devil is “the god of this world”

and “the ruler of this world,”

and he has set up the modern world

so that his agents raise our children

instead of their own mothers.

 

For thousands of years,

children were raised by their own parents.

 

Until they were old enough to work in the field

with their fathers,

young boys spent their entire day at home

with their mother,

their grandmother & their aunts.

 

They learned their wholesome values.

 

And then, when old enough to work with the men,

boys spent their whole day in the field

with their father, grandfather and uncles.

 

They learned their wholesome values.

And girls continued to spend their days

in the kitchen and around the home

with their mother, grandmother and aunts,

learning their wholesome values.

 

God, our Creator, meant it to be that way.

 

At Deuteronomy 6:6, God instructed parents

through Moses,

6 These words I am commanding you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children and speak of them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

 

Parents were in constant communication with their kids,

sitting with them at home,

walking with them along the road,

communicating with them in the evening

and in the morning when they got up.

 

For thousands of years, there was no generation gap.

 

The new generation did not grow up

with a set of values different from their parents.

 

But the devil has changed that now,

in the final days of his wicked world.

 

1 John 5:19 says,

the whole world is under the control of the evil one.

 

And the evil one has used that control

over the past hundred years, or so,

to gradually impose a new world order,

where mother & father

no longer raise their own children.

 

And the outcome shows,

with a whole generation of young people

who reject Christian values.

 

Kids get up in the morning,

and check their electronic devices.

 

The TV is on, too,

so any words they hear from their parents

are drowned out by the flood of messages

from the smartphone and the TV.

 

The school bus picks them up,

and they spend the next 7 hours, or so,

being indoctrinated in an environment

where prayer and the Bible are forbidden.

 

The official curriculum teaches children

there is no Almighty Creator—no such God exists—

because godless evolution

spawned mankind and the animals.

 

So, we have no Creator.

 

The official curriculum teaches children

that homosexual relationships

are as good and natural as traditional marriage.

 

The official curriculum teaches children

the bodies they were born with

do not determine their gender—

but, rather, they can let their feelings decide

whether they are boys or girls.

 

And the official curriculum teaches children

that parents who criticize these beliefs

and uphold the Bible’s teachings instead

are ignorant old-fashioned homophobic bigots.

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When the school day is over, vast numbers of children

are delivered to after-school programs

or day-care environments

that reinforce

the values taught by the school curriculum.

 

After that, the kids

spend the rest of the day and evening

focused on TV or social media

soaking up the teachings of modern culture,

instead of the traditional values

of their parents.

 

They may spend a few minutes with their parents

in the evening, or on the weekends,

but it’s never enough to make up for

the constant indoctrination from this world

throughout each day.

 

Children are no longer listening to their parents

long enough each day,

for parents to teach God’s commands

“diligently to your children

and speak of them

when you sit at home

and when you walk along the road,

when you lie down and when you get up.”

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We are in the End Times of this world,

and have been for some time now.

 

The Bible’s End Times prophecies

have been playing out before our very eyes.

 

In fact, we are so far into the end times,

that only elderly grandparents and great-grandparents

recognize what I’ve been talking about

in this sermon—

the overthrow of Christian morals

and traditional social norms.

 

Younger people think the world we are in today

is normal.

 

The changes throwing aside Christian traditions

came on us so gradually,

and have been in the works for so long,

that the younger generation

thinks it has always been this way.

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The result of all this is that

 there are many mothers and grandmothers

and great-grandmothers who are saddened

and even bewildered

by the world-view of their children,

grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

I wish I had a more comforting message for you mothers,

but what I can say is,

Don’t blame yourself or heap guilt upon yourself:

 

The deck was stacked against you.

Satan the devil shaped modern society

to make it nearly impossible for you

to raise your children to follow the Lord.

 

A few have been able to do it,

through sheer diligence.

 

But they are few and far between.

 

You’d need to keep your kids out of the public schools,

never let them own a smartphone,

never let them have a TV in their room,

never let them hang out unsupervised

with neighborhood kids.

 

You’d almost have to move your family

to a home off the electric grid

in the mountains of Montana,

to keep this corrupt world

from shaping your children’s thinking.

 

It’s not your fault, if you couldn’t do this.

 

It’s the times we are living in—

the End Times of this wicked world.

 

I’d like to sugar-coat this,

but that would mean covering-up the truth.

 

There was a time 2,000 years ago,

when Jesus had a similarly discouraging message

for the mothers in Jerusalem.

 

And he presented it point blank.

 

At Luke 23:28, he told them,

do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’”

 

He spoke such words because

the destruction of war and captivity

was about to overtake their city.

 

He said at Luke 21:23,

23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations.”

 

Jesus also gave them a sign to watch for—

armies surrounding Jerusalem—

as a signal to flee the city.

 

At Luke 21:20 he said,

20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that it will soon be destroyed. 21 Then those who are in Judea must run away to the hills; those who are in the city must leave.”

 

Those who heeded Christ’s warning sign

escaped to safety with their children.

 

And today, too, there is still time

for mothers to do something.

 

This time it’s not Jerusalem facing destruction,

but this whole modern world in rebellion against God.

 

And, instead of fleeing to the hills,

people today need to take refuge in Christ.

 

There is still time to reach the children and grandchildren

with the Gospel message.

 

Time is rapidly running out, but there is still time.

 

The Apostle Peter writes in 2nd Peter 3:9,

He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.

 

Before the day of the Lord comes,

there is still time for repentance.

 

There is still time for those children and grandchildren

to hear the call to repentance—

the call to put faith in Christ for salvation.

 

Think of Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son

who left home to live a wild life of sin,

but who eventually came to his senses

and returned, humble and repentant.

 

Now is the time

to let those children and grandchildren know

that real, biblical Christianity

is not just another self-help program

to make you feel better.

 

It’s a matter of choosing the winning side

before this world comes to an end.

 

Time is running out.

 

The devil knows that,

and that’s why he has unleashed evil on this world

like never before.

 

Revelation 12:12 says,

How terrible for the earth and the sea! For the Devil has come down to you, and he is filled with rage, because he knows that he has only a little time left."

 

Maybe your children and grandchildren

have never heard the Gospel presented this way.

 

Maybe the urgency in your voices

will make the difference.

 

There is hope.

 

As a young man I scoffed at religion.

 

By the time I was in high school,

I believed science and evolution had all the answers.

 

And I saw Christianity as a myth

that old people believed,

because they were out of step with modern though.

 

I ridiculed the idea of an Almighty Creator.

 

And I viewed Jesus as a good, well-intentioned man

who either misled himself

into thinking he was the Son of God,

or whose followers made up that idea

after he died.

 

I was just as lost as the younger generation today.

 

And I spent years like that,

living a life of unbelief and sin.

 

But I was eventually shown proof

that the Bible is the Word of God.

 

And I eventually saw that the evidence for Christ

is overwhelming and convincing.

 

So, it’s not too late for your children and grandchildren.

 

In order to reach them with the Gospel, though,

you might need to tailor your message

to answer their current thinking

and their objections to the Gospel.

 

For example, when the Apostle Paul spoke to pagan Greeks

at the Areopagus on Mars Hill,

he started out acknowledging

some of the beliefs they already had.

 

Then he showed that there must be an Almighty Creator

who made heaven and earth and everything in it.

 

Next, he explained that the Creator

is about to execute judgement on ignorant mankind,

and that God raised Christ Jesus from the dead

to be that judge.

 

So, he did not start off with sweet talk

about “Jesus loves me.”

 

And that message of Jesus’ love

and the need for salvation from sin

never reached my heart, either,

when I bragged of being a scientific atheist.

 

I had to be shown first

that what the Bible says is true—

true about the Genesis creation account,

& true about mankind’s history

as related in the Old Testament.

 

After I accepted those biblical truths,

then—and only then—did I realize that I was

a sinner in need of salvation.

 

The Holy Spirit used those steps, in that order,

to draw me to Christ.

 

Pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the words

to reach out to your children and grandchildren,

to draw them to faith in Christ,

or to re-awaken the faith that was once in them.