Luk 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Notice that the woman blessed, canonized, hallowed and made holy Jesus’s mother first in adoration of Him. He did correct her kindly however by using the word ‘rather’, telling her yes his mother is blessed but it’s not about his mother but blessings come when she keeps the word of God. By the use of this word ‘rather’, it indicates to us Jesus’s preference in that particular matter. It’s used to expressed a recommended alternative as the word instead. It is used to precede an idea that is different or opposite to a previous statement.
“THE SIGN OF JONAH”
What a tribute this woman paid our Lord! He was full of grace as well as truth; and those who, with unbiased and unprejudiced minds, saw Him moving among men, were constrained to confess His inimitable beauty. Notice that the simplest soul that hears and obeys God’s Word is equally beatified with His mother, Luk 11:28.
Men will be judged by the opportunities they have had. Every age and every race and every individual on which the sun has ever shone has had a chance. Not our chance, but a chance suited to the spiritual vision of each, Joh 1:9; Rom 1:20; Rom 2:5, etc. So God will be able to judge all men. But in how many cases will they who have not had our advantages be found in a higher class in the great University of Heaven than some of us who have lived amid the light of Christ!
Luk 24:38 Php 4:8