Summary: A study of the Gospel of Luke 11: 27 – 32
Luke 11: 27 – 32
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27 And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!” 28 But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” 29 And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
Part of today’s message is also listed in the Gospel of Matthew chapter 12, “38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.” 39 But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 41 The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.
The first two verses in today’s study are unique to the Gospel of Luke. I do not know about you but I find it very interesting that three men who penned a Gospel and were with our Lord Jesus Christ, that is Matthew, Peter [Mark], and John did not feel led to write down this comment by the woman who had called out in the crowd.
27 And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!”
Please remember that Luke had come to Jerusalem many years after our Master and Ruler, our Lord Jesus Christ, was back in Heaven. Mary was still around. You have to note that our greatest information relative to celebrating Christmas comes from Luke’s report. He had opportunity to speak with Mary. You can imagine that she was gaining respect and notoriety from many people. Here was the very woman who bore the Messiah. Would you have a lot of questions to ask of her? I know I would.
Our Precious Holy Spirit had directed Luke to discover this remark by a woman and urged him to write it down. Why do you think He did so? I believe our Wonderful Holy Ghost covered this remark because it would in the future be a huge stumbling block. Can you guess what problems would arise from people having the tendency to give Mary more attention and credit then should be?
Mary has had the problem over the centuries of either being to highly lifted up or hammered. Why do I say this? For one thing Mary is “Blessed’ above all women. For she was selected by God. Now just think about this for a moment. Of all the women who ever lived this young woman was personally selected by Jehovah Elyon – The Lord Most High – to be the one who would give birth to the ‘Promised’ Son. She however, was and is not deity. In chapter 1 of Luke’s Gospel she gave Luke her comments that she was also a human in need of a ‘Savior’.
“ 46 And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. 50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. 54 He has helped His servant Israel,