No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you.” But he answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
Comment: This starts with a short quick burst of several thoughts loosely related.
- You don’t light a lamp so that it is blocked out. The inference seems to be what are you doing with the light (understanding; truth; revelation) that you have? You’re meant to be sharing it!
- In the long run you won’t be able to hide the truth. It will come into the light even if you’ve tried to hide it under the bed!
- Listen carefully because grasping a portion of truth as it is revealed leads to more understanding. But…
- if you think you know it all and fail to hear well, what little understanding you have may/will turn sour on you!
Did Mary and his brothers come to him or come for him? It doesn’t seem in his character not to care for his own flesh and blood but here he changes the thought from fleshly relationships to Oneness in His teaching. In several other places in the gospels Jesus underlines the thought that earthly relationships must be made subject to our relationship to Him. Nevertheless remember that His mother was weeping at His cross and His brothers (or at least some of them) were His ardent followers! Sadly, however, sometimes we are called to make decisions which split our earthly families!
Prayer: Help me, please, to strengthen my relationship with You, yet on the other hand to seek to live at peace with all men, without forsaking your truth as I understand it.
2 thoughts on “Luke 8: 16-21 A Few Matters….”
This is certainly a difficult passage to practically understand. In theory yes but it is sometimes hard to deal with the fact that family must come second to the Lord. Easy to say but not always easy to do.
Thank you for your comment. If we put our family (or other) relationships before our relationship to God then it seems that they are being elevated to the God position in our lives. And that of course is not allowing God to be the God of our lives. Very often, however it is the other family members who break the family relationship in an attempt to make the follower of Jesus to cease their spiritual walk with God. Agreed not an easy issue but something which some are called upon to take a firm but loving stand.