Posted by: Larry Hoekman | July 27, 2018

Luke –Want to be Blessed?

Day 3119: Tis Friday!!! TGIF – Thank God I’m Forgiven!

Scripture: As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave You birth and nursed You.” He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”   Luke 11:27,28

Thoughts/questions: What an upside down world Jesus spoke about. A woman realizes what an amazing person Jesus is and does the obvious in praising His apparent lineage and His nurturing mother. Then there is Jesus’ response!

Rather than accepting the compliment given to His mother, He shifts into a different gear. Some might advise that He lighten up a bit, be a bit nicer, or be more gracious towards this unsuspecting woman. But Jesus is often outside any box we might attempt to put Him in.

However, He speaks truth. Accepting the woman’s words in their entirety could lead to pride or a self focused existence. The always teaching Jesus reminds her (and I’m sure He did it kindly) of who truly is blessed – those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Often we hear but fail to really listen or obey. We’ve heard so much, but have we done the important part? When we truly listen and then choose to obey, we then ARE blessed! And this blessing is available to all, not limited to those within nurturing families. May we all be blessed!

Suggested Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me not to hear, but to listen and not to just know, but to obey . . .

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