27 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!” 28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
As Jesus taught a crowd, a woman expressed a natural sentiment: How blessed must be the mother of such a great teacher as the Lord Jesus. This woman assumed that Mary (whether she knew her name or not is irrelevant) was a woman to be revered above all other women.
Jesus’ response to this woman’s outburst and even praise would have caught the woman by surprise. At the same time, the response of our Lord is very hopeful to us all. Jesus does not say that Mary is especially blessed because she is his earthly mother. Instead, Jesus says those are blessed who hear and keep or obey the word of God.
So, would you like a blessing that is greater than the blessing Mary receives for being the mother of Christ? Look at Jesus’ words. He says that the blessing of God is upon those who hear and obey the word of God. Of course Jesus is not putting Mary down. Mary received a sweet blessing of God by being allowed to participate in his glorious plan. But the greater blessing is for any person who will observe and obey the Scripture.
What can you do to be blessed by God? Love his word. Do you love his word? Do you read it faithfully? Do you obey its commands? Do you make it a priority to hear it faithfully preached? Do you study it with small groups of other believers who also love the Lord?
Father, I thank you for the blessing you promise to those who hear and obey your word. Help me to treasure your word rightly. Help me to hear. Help me to obey. I desire your blessing for your glory and my joy.