Monday, January 17, 2022
Obedience Is Thicker than Blood
46-47 While he was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers showed up. They were outside trying to get a message to him. Someone told Jesus, “Your mother and brothers are out here, wanting to speak with you.”
48-50 Jesus didn’t respond directly, but said, “Who do you think my mother and brothers are?” He then stretched out his hand toward his disciples. “Look closely. These are my mother and brothers. Obedience is thicker than blood. The person who obeys my heavenly Father’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
-Matthew 12:46-50 The Message
Verse 46: While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him.
Verse 47: Someone said to Him, “Look, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, seeking to speak to You.”
Verse 48: But Jesus replied to the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?”
Verse 49: And extending His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold: My mother and My brothers!
Verse 50: For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother, and sister, and mother.”
Verses 46-50 studies: Jesus was not denying his responsibility to his earthly family. What he was doing was criticizing religious leaders for not following the Old Testament command to honor their parents (15:1-9). He made sure his mother was protected as he was hung on the cross (John 19:25-27). His mother and brothers were present in the upper room at the Pentecost (Acts 1:14). Jesus was pointing out that spiritual relationships are us binding as physical human beings; he is paving the way for a new community of believers; which is the universal church, our spiritual family.
Matthew 1:18; 2:11; 13:55; Luke 1:43; 2:3, 48, 51; John 2:1, 5, 12; 19:25; Acts 1:14; Mark 6:3; John 2:12; 7:3, 5, 10; Acts 1:14; 1 Corinthians 9:5; Galatians 1:19
The saying goes, “blood is thicker than water.” Which is true defending family, but your way is, “obedience is thicker than blood.” It simply means that we must be willing to obey you at all times, not to forget our family, but to make sure you are first; this goes for marriages. I pray that whatever situation we may all be in that you are the first to be obeyed, then family and friends. In Jesus’ name. Amen.