Daily Readings and Thought for March 20th. ” …. THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND KEEP IT”


 We have quite a number of statements by Jesus that challenge our understanding in today’s 11th chapter of Luke’s Gospel. We pondered the meaning of several parables, but their conclusions usually give us a vital clue.   Then we read that “as he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!’”[v.27]

Jesus immediately responds by putting this into its true perspective.  Human beings are forever putting fellow humans up as statues, they need people they can look up to, especially when they are dead!  India is full of statues of Ghandi!   But many living people also love to be looked up to – it feeds their ego.  But note that the New Testament makes no mention of the mother of Jesus after Acts 1 v.14.  It was only human legends, written centuries later, that put her on a pedestal. 

But how did Jesus respond to the woman who ”raised her voice”?   We read, “But he said, ‘Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it” [v.28]  Today people all over the world can “hear” the word of God by reading it in their own language, if they so desire.  

    It is obvious that the Old Testament, which Jesus repeatedly quotes, is an essential part of God’s message to human beings.   Hearing/reading “the word of God” is a wonderful blessing, it opens our eyes to the purpose of life – and of our own lives.  But we must take special note of his 3 final words – “and keep it.”

Finally, in v.23 we read an ominous point he made, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters”   There is no neutral position!  Only those who are “with” Jesus have a sure and certain guide for their lives, they have a destination in view.  Those who think they can stand forever at the crossroads pondering which way to go are in danger of being run over!  Look at Ch. 13 v.5

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