Ironic Praise and Jesus' Memory – Bible Journey Day 13
Bible Journey – Day 13
Ironic Praise and Jesus’ Memory
A great number of the people followed him, among them women who were mourning and wailing for him. But Jesus turned to them and said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For this is certain: The days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, the wombs that never bore children, and the breasts that never nursed!’
(Luk 23:27-29 NET.)
Luke narrates an amazing scene in Luke 11 – a woman shouts out a benediction to the rabbi! Ironically (for many in Christian traditions), Jesus doesn’t tell her to shut up and go home where she belongs! Surely some of the men in the crowd would have thought that the appropriate reaction, but instead the rabbi interacts with her, teaches her, reorients her towards the kingdom, and eventually remembers her words at the most amazing time.
She says, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that nursed you!” Jesus has taught the crowds how to pray, he’s been casting out demons, and helping them see that he is their only real hope against the evil one. Her heart, full of passionate thanksgiving, bursts forth with this benediction – seemingly the right response for the Messiah or even just a prophet, right?
You can almost even hear Him say, “Even the Gentiles give birth and nurse!” You see, her natural worldly praise is no longer appropriate in a kingdom born from above. “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!” I think Luke (and Jesus) intend us to remember this earlier scene when we come to the day Jesus dies, the day Jesus ‘comforts’ the mourning women with this cryptic benediction. “If they do this when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry” indeed? But still, now and always, “Blessed is the one who hears the word of God and obeys it.”
in HIS love,