Luke 11:27-28 (KJV) 27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
A woman exclaimed about the blessedness of her who was favored to be the bearer of Jesus when He entered humanness and humanity. Mary was the recipient of this certain high favor of God. She was indeed extremely blessed, so blessed that it has become inextricably joined with her identity: she will be called blessed. But with all the indescribable honor that comes with that special experience and role, Jesus diverted their attention to another area of blessedness – it’s the blessedness of hearing and heeding the Word of God. Instead on focusing on the mother; He wanted them to focus on His Word. There is a noticeable implication of the more advantageous nature of this kind of blessing. For one, the motherhood to the humanity of the Lord Jesus was an experience only enjoyed by one; learning and obeying God’s Word can be enjoyed by everyone.
There are blessings God allows everyone to enjoy – believers or not. Then there are blessings that are available only to all believers. God’s blessings are inexhaustible. Whereas there were special blessings in the Old Covenant reserved only for the first born, In Christ, His blessings are now made available to the firstborn or the ninth-born – the ones in between and the ones after. But in addition to being a believer, there is clearly a special kind of blessedness enjoyed by an obedient believer. The blessedness brought about by our relationship with Jesus and the blessedness brought about by obedience to Jesus neither contradict nor cancel out each other. It’s just a piling up of one blessing after another. But with the emphasis Jesus placed in the importance of hearing and doing God’s Word; it will be wise for us to hear and obey God’s Word – no matter how much blessings we’ve already enjoyed in having a saving relationship with Him. To believe that there’s blessedness in obedience doesn’t nullify the graciousness of God. Whatever blessedness we receive, it’s always way much greater than what our obedience really deserves. Grace doesn’t undermine obedience; it promotes it; it enables it. Obedience doesn’t undo grace; it honors it; it values it. By the way, as an important note: Jesus places more value on obedience to His Word rather having the very favored role of being His mother. We will do well in being devoted to the Word rather than being devoted to any other blessed entity we find in the Word.
Blessed Lord, thank you for being our Savior. Now, we’re enjoying the awesome joy and peace brought about by our experience of Your salvation. Thank You for being our Lord. May we now enjoy the additional awesome blessedness brought about by obedience to Your Word.