28
Apr
14

The One Who Is Truly Worthy

There is an interesting exchange that takes place in verses 27-28 of Luke 11.

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

A woman cries out and blesses Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Jesus immediately deflects the praise away from His mother.  Instead, He pronounces a blessing on those who hear God’s Word and obey.  Sometimes we error when it comes to our worship and praise.  We will worship people and things instead of worshiping God alone.  Jesus quoted Deuteronomy in Matthew’s Gospel when He was tempted by the devil:

‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’​ – Matthew 4:10 (NIV)​

One of the keys to pleasing God is to worship and serve Him, not anyone or anything else.  How can we do this?  By immersing ourselves in the study of His Word.  To hear His Word and obey it, as Jesus said in Luke 11:28.  If we don’t hear the Word, we cannot possibly obey it.  If we don’t obey His Word, then it has no impact in our lives and we will be prone to error in our worship and in our lives.  Let us strive to give our worship and honor to the One who is truly worthy – our Heavenly Father.

Luke 11:14-28 (NIV)

Jesus and Beelzebul

14 Jesus was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon left, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowd was amazed. 15 But some of them said, “By Beelzebul, the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.” 16 Others tested him by asking for a sign from heaven.

17 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them: “Any kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and a house divided against itself will fall. 18 If Satan is divided against himself, how can his kingdom stand? I say this because you claim that I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 Now if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your followers drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. 20 But if I drive out demons by the finger of God,then the kingdom of God has come upon you.

21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder.

23 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

24 “When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ 25 When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. 26 Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”

27 As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

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