“Influences of Godly Women, Choice ” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge Mother’s Day Sermon 05/08/11

Pastor Richard Daughtridge

“Influences of Godly Women, Choice ”  by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

We live in a day in which we hear the word choice used a lot. Freedom of choice is used in everything from, credit card ads, restaurant ads, and unfortunately even in laws presiding over life and death. Choices are not something new. They were given by God to every male and female. He created us free will beings. The problem is with every choice comes responsibility and consequences.

Can we be blessed by God if we violate his laws in our choices? 

We all have a responsibility to make right choices. They effect us, our families and even our nation.

There are many ladies that have influenced our world by their choices. In honor of our mothers I’d like to talk about two of the many listed in the Bible, Deborah and Hannah.

The Bible tells the story of many women. Some seduced, some nurtured, some were leaders, some became victims and some against all odds helped to make a better world. All had opportunities that executed choices.

Judges 4:1-5

And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead. [2] And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. [3] And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

[4] And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. [5] And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment.

 

The underlined word Ramah means height. We are at our highest when we are on our knees as was the case of Deborah and Hanna in the Bible.

 

Deborahs husband’s name was Lapidoth.       (Married to a boy named Sue)

Lappiydowth,  lap-pee-doth’; feminine plural of Hebrew 3940 (lappiyd); Lappidoth, (torch)

Judges 4:14  And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him.

Judges 5:1-3  Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, [2] Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. [3] Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

Choices of a Seduced Warrior

 Judges 5:25-28   He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. [26] She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. [27] At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.

 Consequences of a Seduced Warrior

[28] The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming? why tarry the wheels of his chariots?

Judges 17:6   In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

More choices of a mother.

Hannah’s choices.

 1 Samuel 1:5  But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb.

Ego of a husband

 1 Samuel 1:8   Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?

Misunderstood

 1 Samuel 1:15  And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunken neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord.

God answers a mother’s prayer

 1 Samuel 1:19-20  And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her. [20] Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.  And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.

What can you learn from these?

Will you allow God’s intimate leading as they did?

Will you look beyond the circumstances and obstacles , pray and allow God to help you influence the world?

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