As Jesus speaks, a woman in the throng is so mesmerized by his words that she yells the first thing that comes to mind. It comes out something like, “Your mom rocks!” I think she’s trying to affirm him and honor the mother who raised him.
Jesus responds indirectly. He says that even better are people who hear what God says and obey him. This puts things in perspective.
The woman, enthralled by Jesus, attempts to communicate her enthusiasm. But she misses the main point: obeying God is what matters most.
In our zeal for Jesus, how often have we said or done something that was off base from what he wants from us?
[Discover more about the woman in the crowd in Luke 11:27–28.]
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A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 1,000-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.