This was “my best Mother’s Day yet” said my wife. Her morning at Gospel Light Bible Baptist church was the main reason for this. Michael Giardino’s special video production brought tears to her eyes and probably to other moms as well. The lights were dimmed and the Mother’s Day video had children of the church (those who had attended Sunday school a week earlier) telling why they love their moms. Next, chocolate roses, made and donated by Bonnie Bishop, were handed out to all the mothers. This was followed by a beautiful flute solo by Carolyn Merriman. Michael G. then sung solo while playing the piano. Gifts were also handed out at the end of service.
This being May 9, Pastor Giardino made some interesting numerological observations of the number 9, the fruitful number. The ninth book of the bible is I Samuel and verse 9:27 contains the phrase “word of God”, which appears 9 times in the bible. The ninth book of the New Testament is Galatians and verse 5:22 begins telling of the 9 fruits of the Spirit.
The Mother’s Day sermon was titled “Far Above Rubies” and was based on Proverbs 31:10, “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” To introduce the value of rubies, Pastor Giardino had us watch the portion of “The Wizard of Oz” where the ruby slippers,which were called “very powerful”in the movie, were put on Dorothy’s feet. Even today, ruby slippers used during the production of the MGM movie are considered highly valuable; pastor called them the “holy grail of Hollywood memorabilia.” We were told “Dorothy is a picture of you,” where Dorothy’s journey in search of a good mind, heart, and courage is similar to the life journey of a Christian.
To further help get the idea across, Pastor G. had us view a slide presentation of various rubies, raw and cut, while explaining the tremendous, deep red beauty of these gem stones. Several bible verses were used to compare the image of rubies to the power of wisdom, that wisdom should be sought out, and wisdom does not come from anything earthly.
Four main points regarding rubies were presented:
The red of rubies. The red represents the shed blood of Jesus, being precious, pure, and shed “for you mothers.” The “crimson glow” of rubies is as “the glow about you as a godly woman”, explained our pastor, with mothers being a “jewel in God’s eyes.”
The rarity of rubies. A virtuous woman is not popular in today’s society. It is therefore rare for women to “want to shine for Jesus.” Likewise, it is rare for a young lady to aspire to be a mother rather than seeking after a career.
The rate of rubies. Even as rubies have great value, so do women of great productivity. Moms are always doing something and their hands are always moving. As rubies are hard, so have the hands of women become hard from many hours of toil.
The return of rubies. Speaking about women who fear he Lord, Prov 31:31 says, “Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” This verse along with others were used to show the rewards of a woman’s work and her wisdom. The fruit of her labor includes seeing “her children grow up for God” and “turning others to Jesus Christ.”
In Rev 21:10-11,19-20, John spoke of the foundations of new Jerusalem: “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius (ruby); the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. Thus does God use precious stones to magnify the beauty of his kingdom.