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In July, I led what I anticipate will be the last MOPS Bible Study on Biblical Mothers. With the start of a new MOPS year, it is time to move onto another topic (soon to be announced).  There are still several Biblical Mothers that I want to study.  Earlier I sent this list to the MOPS Moms to see what they wanted to study:

  • Sarah – infertility, manipulation and letting go
  • Hagar – hearing from the real God about her son
  • Leah/Rachel – jealously, infertility
  • Rizpah – having courage as a Mother, losing her sons because of their father’s poor decision
  • The Shunammite Woman – receiving a dream (her child) that she had a given up on and trusting God when He does the unthinkable
  • Elizabeth – Remaining faithful to God when He does not answer our prayers and when He does – also raising a child who is different from others

If you have vote on what study you would like to see posted, please feel free to comment below.

Eve is our very first example of a Motherhood -  she had the example of the Lord relationship with her – but by the time she became a Mother, that relationship had been broken by sin.  I was challenged by the fact that she did not have a mother, mentor or even another woman friend to turn to when she had concerns or frustrations about her children.  I am not sure how I could have dealt with motherhood without my support.  I was also really struck with the pain (and probably guilt) she must as felt as she watched her family circumstances deal with the result of sin. 

As much as I would like to think that I would have made a different choice than Eve did in the Garden of Eden - I know how very selfish and sinful I am in wanting to be in control.  Alas, my choice would have been the same or even worst.  How thankful I am for God’s ultimately plan of redemption.

Major Points from Eve’s life:

  • She knew God intimately and enjoyed a perfect life, but it still wasn’t enough.  Always in the heart of men/women is the desire to be in control – Eve wanted to be like God.  We will always turn towards our own selfish nature instead of obeying God.  That is why Jesus had to make the ultimate sacrifice for our sinfulness.  Nothing we can do will ever be good enough for a Holy God, but accepting Jesus’ sacrifice provides the covering for our sinfulness.  We would have made the same decision that Eve did, because we have the same sinful nature without a saving relationship with Christ.
  • Even when there is only 1 man and 1 woman, God still brought Adam and Eve together as husband and wife.  His desire was that they would be united to one another for life.   God still knew that marriage would be hard since we are so self centered.  God’s plan for committed marriages is best for us and our children.
  • Eve had characteristics of God just as Adam did.  Adam was made in the image of God as was Eve (Genesis 1:27).
  • Eve experienced the pain of childbirth, because of her separation from God.  Now we too experience the pain of birthing children.  Just as our sin is painful until we receive Christ as our Savior – our birth pains are difficult until we hold our new born child.  The pain of the birth disappears and overwhelming Mother love comes forth.  The same is true with our birth in Christ – He bears a painful death to provide us with overwhelming love.  Eve is the first example of this love.

If you are interested in the worksheet that I wrote on Jocabed– Click here:

Other Biblical Mothers we have studied: Eve

Maryhttp://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/07/13/lessons-learned-about-mothering-from-mary-jesus-mother/

Bathshebahttp://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/3-lessons-learned-from-bathshebas-life-especially-her-mothering/

Salomehttp://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/lessons-learned-from-another-mother-salome/

Rebekahhttp://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/lessons-learned-from-rebekah/

Hannahhttp://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/3-lessons-learned-from-hannah/

Jochebedhttp://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/06/27/lessons-learned-from-jochebed-moses-mother/

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I have been promising to publish my Bible Study outline on Jesus’ Mother, Mary for some time and today is the day.  I actually write and talk on Mary quite often (see the post from December 14,2007 titled Treasured Moments of Mary, Jesus’ Mother).  The scriptures tell us twice how she treasured her mothering moments in her heart which of course corresponds with the message the Lord has given me to recognize and remember.

One fact that I brought out as I taught about Mary was how little we know of Jesus’ growing up years.  What was it like to be Jesus’ Mother?  She probably was so proud of Jesus and yet she might have expected more of him as the first born and as the promised Savior.  All Mothers believe that their child is someone very special ~ yet, Mary actually knew that Jesus was very special.  How bittersweet it must have been to see Him grow up.

Major Points from Mary’s Life

• She was willing to do, go and be all that God asked of her. Her faith in God’s plan for her life is revealed as she responds, “May it be to me as you have said” Luke 1:38…

• God provides her with precious, treasured moments to remember; especially when she could not understand what was happening.   As she remembered how God had worked in the past – she would be reminded of God faithfulness in her life and that she would be able to trust Him in all things.

• She was privileged (and the only human) to know Jesus from conception to death. Somehow her story was shared with Luke and Matthew who were inspired to commit it to their writings of scriptures. Her legacy is one for all Mothers which is allowing God to use our children for His glory and plans.

If you are interested in the worksheet that I wrote on Mary, click here.  Mary

Other Biblical Mothers we have studied:

Bathsheba – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/05/27/3-lessons-learned-from-bathshebas-life-especially-her-mothering/ 

Salome – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/lessons-learned-from-another-mother-salome/

Rebekah – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/lessons-learned-from-rebekah/

Hannah – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/3-lessons-learned-from-hannah/

Jochebed – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/06/27/lessons-learned-from-jochebed-moses-mother/

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How I love learning how the Mothers in the Bible struggled through issues just like we do.  Last week, I taught on Jochebed, Moses’ Mother for our MOPS Moms.  And again, I was intrigued by how alike moms are throughout time.  I was also touched by how sensitive the Moms were to Jochebed’s situtation of  being forced to give up her baby.  Several of the Moms were moved to tears over her life situation.  There is just something about becoming a Mom that stirs ups tearful emotions.

I love the fact that the scriptures claim that Jochebed thought her child was fine (or no ordinary child); I smiled to myself that I also thought each of my babies was extraordinarily fine (and still do).  Again, proving that no matter what the hospital photos look like, every Moms knows that their baby is special.  Most of all,  I am amazed at Jocebed’s faith – her trust in a God who was aware of her enslavement at that time.  It would have been easy to assume that God was not who He had claimed to be ~ the God of the Israelites, God’s chosen people ~ and to be hopeless.  But she had unbelievable faith in God for her child and God used her faith to eventually save her people. 

Major Points from Jochebed’s life:

• She trusted God even when it seemed hopeless.  As she created the basket, she had faith enough to actually put her son in the basket and then place him in the water. Hebrews11:23 declares that she did this act “by faith”. She did not know the outcome, but she trusted God with her son’s life (just as Abraham trusted God with Issac’s life  ~ Genesis 22:1-19 and Hannah trusted God with Samuel’s life ~ 1 Samuel 1:21-2:11).

• God rewards her faith by allowing her to raise her son through his nursing years – how that must have brought peace to her spirit. She may have even been allowed to see Moses as he was growing up. How different it would have been, if she would have tried to manipulate the outcome. S he may not have been able to enjoy this gift.

• God uses her faith in the life of His people. Moses is the one God chose to use to bring His people out of Egypt. Hebrews 11:26 states that “Moses regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ of greater value than the treasures of Egypt.” God had mighty plans for Moses to lead His people. This plan was possible, because Jochebed was faithful and trusted God with her son’s life.

• What is your life issue that you need to place in a basket and put in the River – in other words, trust God with? Jochebed did not try to hold on to her son or control the events of life – she had great faith in her God to work out the details for good in her life and the life of her people. May we do the same.

If you are interested in the worksheet that I wrote on Jocabed– Click here: Jochebed

Other Biblical Mothers we have studied:

Bathsheba – http://sandrajo.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/bathsheba1.pdf

Salome – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/lessons-learned-from-another-mother-salome/

Rebekah – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/lessons-learned-from-rebekah/

Hannah – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/3-lessons-learned-from-hannah/

Sometime soon I will post the Mary Study!

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Once again in May, I was privileged to lead our MOPS Bible Study on the life of another Bible Mother ~ Bathsheba.  What an interesting life she lead!  We typically only remember that she committed adultery with King David, yet she was the mother of 5 sons – including who died at birth and one who has been called the “wisest man in the world”.

I continue to be so encouraged as we study these Biblical Moms because they are not perfect – yet God uses them often in spite of themselves.  We don’t have to be perfect to fit into God’s plan as Moms, only available, willing to learn from our mistakes and willing to receive and offer Grace.  Bathsheba is a good spokesperson for this statement – although we do not know if she was a willing participant in the adultery or a victim, God chooses to her in the line of Christ.  What hope that should give us, as we all have sinned and fallen short of the God’s plan for our lives and yet God has great plans for us.

Major Points from Bathsheba’s life:

• There is always a choice to make when confronted with sin. Even though, we may not think we have a choice – it is always honoring to God to make the right decision. Bathsheba could have sent word back to David that she could not come because she was married. 

• Bathsheba took time to mourn – first the dealth of her husband, Uriah and then her son. She allowed herself to mourn and be comforted. There will be times in your life when you need to mourn (Bathsheba’s son Solomon wrote about a time such as this, Ecclesiastes 3:4) – be wise and allow yourself all the time you need to heal. Be sure to surround yourself with God’s people and God’s Word.

• Bathsheba did not allow her past to predict her future. She totally received God’s grace and allowed God to do His work in her life. She had 4 more sons after “the child” was born (1 Chronicles 3:5) and ultimately ended up in the line of Christ (Matthew 1:6)

If you are interested in the worksheet that I wrote on Bathsheba – Click here: Bathsheba

Other Biblical Mothers we have studied:

Salome – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/04/28/lessons-learned-from-another-mother-salome/

Rebekah – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/lessons-learned-from-rebekah/

Hannah – http://sandrajo.wordpress.com/2008/11/14/3-lessons-learned-from-hannah/

Sometime soon I will post the Mary Study!

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In April, I had the privilege to again lead a MOPS Bible Study on Mothers in the Bible.  Since last summer we have been studying Mothers in the Bible including Hannah, Mary, Ruth & Naomi, Rebekah and now Salome .  The story about Salome is found in Matthew 20:20-27, 27:56 &  Mark 15: 40-41, 16:1-2.

Salome is a mother just like us in that she only wants the best for her sons.  She is proud that her sons, James and John, were among Jesus’ inner group and she only wanted to be assured that their favored status would continue.  She asks for her sons to be on either side of Jesus and if her wish had been granted, they would have died on crosses alongside Jesus.  As Mothers, we think we always know what is best for our children, but ultimately we need to trust God in doing what is best for them.

Major Points from Salome’s life:

  • Salome overstepped her grown son’s boundaries when she asked Jesus for a special position for James and John. Our role as Mother’s is to continually let go of our children and allow them to grow up.
  • Salome could not see what Jesus already knew would happen. She only knew what was happening at that time and place – in time, her request would have been unthinkable. We have to always remember that God sees the big picture for us and for our children, even when our requests go unanswered.
  • Salome did not move away from God because she was ashamed or embarrassed. Instead, she continued to follow Jesus and God used her in the resurrection glory. We need to be sure that we do not move away from God when our requests are not answered, but to continue to follow until God’s work for us is done.

If you are interested in the worksheet that I wrote on Salome -Click here: salome3

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This week, I was priveledged to teach the MOPS Bible Study on Hannah from 1 Samuel chapters 1 & 2:1-11 & 18-21.  It is such a blessings to open the scriptures and teach because I always learn myself when I do.  For this study and the summer study (which we did on Ruth), I write worksheets about the topic from scriptures.  We then work through the scripture and the worksheets together at the study.  I love it because there are women there from all different levels – some who have never studied the Bible to those who have heard the Bible taught all of their lives — we learn from each other as God guides us through His word.

Here are the 3 Lessons I learned from studying Hannah:

Major Points from Hannah’s life:

 

  1. It does not matter if we are the “favorite” (Elkanah, Hannah’s husband told her that she was his favorite and hoped that would be enough to fill her longing 1 Samuel 1:8). But Hannah still had a “if only I had a child” longing that only God could fill.  There will always be a God shaped longing in our hearts that only God can fill.  What is your “IF ONLY”?
  2. Hannah runs first and only to God with her pain (1 Samuel 1:9-18).  She did not turn to anyone or anywhere else first like we usually do.  She is a woman of faith because she sought after God; she realized that only God could answer her.
  3. She is willing and able to let go her dream/desire and accept God’s plan for her child (1 Samuel 1:24-28).  God fulfilled her in ways she would not have imagined (1 Samuel 2:18-21).

If you are interested in the worksheet that I wrote on Hannah – please click here hannah1

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