Day #55: The Real Blessing of Hearing the Word

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, NIV

 

You can almost see the woman in this passage. She has heard the great teachings of Jesus. She has likely seen and heard many of the wonderful deeds He has done. And, like so many of our own sweet mothers, recognized how blessed the mother of Jesus must have been to have had a son like Him. So she was moved just to "call out" about how blessed Jesus' mother must have been. It would be like one of us complimenting a parent today by saying how proud the child must be making their mother or father. I think it was the most natural thing in the world, and it was a beautiful moment that God saw worthy of recording in His Word for all time.

 

But it was Jesus' response to this comment that should really grab out attention. He said that the ones who are truly blessed are those who hear God's Word and then obey it. In the book of James we see a similar theme when, through inspiration, he said,

"Do not merely listen to the word and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says." (James 1:22-23, NIV).

 

It's a basic, but important lesson and one that is at heart of why we are reading. Reading the Bible and knowing what it says is vital. But more vital, still, is doing what it says. I believe that this is the point that Jesus was making when He revealed that it was obeying the word that would lead to the true blessing.

 

Today's reading is Luke 11. We will truly be blessed if we will read it with the attention that the Word of God deserves, and then do what it says.