Daily Devotionals

He Has Magnified His Word, Psalm 138:2

Misdirected Glory

Luk 11:27-28, 27 And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” 28 But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

Jesus in this chapter had been teaching some profound lessons starting with one on prayers. He taught them how to pray and pray confidently. This He followed by casting out a demon off one who was mute. This action prompted the multitude to marvel while some present accused Him of doing this work by the power of Satan. After He brilliantly reasoned with them of the impossibility of it, a well meaning woman from the crowd could not help but praise His mother. Almost sounds like His mother had passed the power, wisdom, confidence, teachings to Him. What a mother she wished she was, or wished her sons were like Jesus.

Mary in Luke 1:48 saw herself being called blessed by all generations. She did not mean that she would outshine her Son as though all He was was because of Her. But that she would be deemed blessed to have been chosen as the passage or the means by which He was brought into the world. Jesus in honor of His mother did not rebuke her but elevated the nature of one blessed. We must be careful, lest, as this good woman, we too much magnify the honor of his natural kindred. The means may be recognized/acknowledged but the means is never to be elevated, glorified, praised. Another lesson, while she may have wished to have been that kind of mother, Jesus encourages her and the rest that they are deemed blessed who hear and keep the word of God. Those who receive Christ as the word and keep it are blessed.

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