And he answered and said to them, My mother and my brothers are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)My mother and my brethren.—The answer agrees very closely with that in the other Gospels. But note the use of “the word of God,” instead of “the will of God” in St. Mark, and “the will of my Father” in St. Matthew, as throwing light on the meaning of the former phrase, and showing its fulness and width of meaning.Matthew 12:46-50.
(See on Mt 12:46-50).Luke 8:20"
my mother and my brethren are these; pointing to his disciples:
which hear the word of God; which he had been preaching, and was meant by the seed in the preceding parable:
and do it; behave in their lives and conversations agreeably to it; and observe the precepts and ordinances in it; elsewhere called the will of God his Father; See Gill on Matthew 12:49. See Gill on Matthew 12:50.And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 8:21. Lk. omits the graphic touches—looking around, and stretching out His hands towards His disciples, concerned only to report the memorable word.—οἱ τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ, those hearing and doing the word of God. The expression here is somewhat conventional and secondary as compared with Mt. and Mk. Cf. chap. Luke 6:47, and λόγος τοῦ Θεοῦ, Luke 8:11.21. are these] The word implies the “looking round at those sitting in a circle about Him” of Mark 3:34, and the “stretching forth His hand towards His disciples” of Matthew 12:49. “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you,” John 15:14 (comp. Luke 2:49; John 2:4; Joh 14:21; Hebrews 2:11). His earthly relatives needed the lesson that they must recognise in Him a Being who stood far above all relationshipsLuke 8:21. [Μήτηρ μου, my mother) See Luke 8:2.—V. g.—ἀδελφοί μου, my brethren) Luke 8:1, at the end.—V. g.]—οὗτοι, these) Used demonstratively.Verse 21. - And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the Word of God, and do it. The Master used the opportunity to send home into the hearts of the many listeners the stern, grave lesson that there was something more solemn even than family ties, and that these, holy and binding though they were, must not be allowed to stand in the way of plain, unmistakable duty.
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