Posted by: missionventureministries | November 3, 2014

BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD AND OBEY IT – Luke 11:27-28

Luke 11 vs 27-28

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)

Jesus had just finished exposing His “religious” critics in front of a crowd (Luke 11:14-26), and as He came to the end of this teaching, a woman who had been moved by all she had heard and the blessing she had received she burst out quite spontaneously, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.”  

Jesus did not question the truth of the woman’s statement, but pointed her to an even greater truth. “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”  

The true blessing is reserved for those who pay attention to God’s Word and obey it; and we demonstrate the truth of our praise and worship through our actions and obedience. 

In the Old Testament we read Samuel telling his people: “Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel 15:22) 

Jesus is focusing on the importance of obeying the word of God. On another occasion Jesus made nearly the same point: “Now Jesus’ mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near Him because of the crowd. Someone told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.’ He replied, ‘My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.'” (Luke 8:19-21) 

Here again we read that those who follow His commands are truly blessed because they know Almighty God personally and they find joy in hearing and obeying His word.

Our goal in life, the very reason we were created, is for union and fellowship with God. We were created for God, and until we trust and rest in Him we are considered incomplete and abnormal.

Our adoption as sons and daughters of God through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross transforms our worldly relationships and requires a new order of loyalty to God and His kingdom.

Therefore, if you say you love God, show it to Him by honoring and obeying His word. Let His light shine through you, so that those who do not know Him may also have a desire to follow Him and glorify Almighty God.

Jesus said: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)

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