Most people cannot live without having opinions and views about life, and how matters should work out for them. From where do we get these views? How do we know if they are true? Will they really help? Can they connect us with God?
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. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Our subject this evening is ‘testing the things we believe about life’. You cannot live without a view of life. Even if it’s fragmented. Even if it’s poorly thought out. Everybody has some view of life, some opinion. You can’t have any emotional energy to do anything if you don’t have a purpose. A view, an opinion about life and your life in particular. And how it should treat you. And how you’ll get on, and what you’re aiming at or driving at. Everyone needs a view, but where do we get our views from? How do they form? Are they true? Are they sound? Do they help? Do they really help? Do they strengthen us? Do they enable us to come through life’s experiences? What do they contribute?
Does almighty God figure in our view? Or is the creator and the grand purpose of life just omitted from it? Chopped out entirely? Well that’s our subject. I’d like to begin with this 27th verse, It came to pass (as Christ spoke all these parables and these analogies) a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice and said unto him ‘blessed is the womb that bear thee’. A certain woman of the multitude. She’s not going to be named. We don’t know what became of her, we don’t know whether she really understood and believed, or came to believe in Christ and to follow him. We don’t know any of that, and the reason why we’re not told is because, well, she plays a part here, but it’s the message of Christ which Luke the Physician focuses on in this passage.
So though we might want to know something about the woman, she did a remarkable thing within the culture of those days. There’s a great multitude, a vast crowd, and she calls out so very loudly from the middle of this multitude that she was heard. And her comments are noted, and here they are recorded for posterity. And she seems to have been a great supporter (in a sense) of Jesus Christ, she’s in great admiration, but her comments assess Christ really in an entirely human way.