In the same manner Christendom likes to equivocate on the meaning of ‘commandments,’ it is not uncommon to find them altering the plain meaning of ‘the word of God,’ in the text.
Consider this text and what it means,
But he replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it!” Luke 11:28
In this context, what is ‘the Word of God?’
Yeshua uses this same phrase in Luke 8:21,
But he replied to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it.”
What exactly is ‘the Word of God’ that Yeshua is referring to?
I searched the web and read more than a few sermons and could not find a single one that articulated this point. I may have missed one, but the preponderance of evidence assumes a foregone conclusion that is not what Yeshua is saying…
Consider, which books of the New Testament had been written when Yeshua said this? My grandmother could write the names of ALL of them on the head of a pin… withOUT her glasses! You know why? Because NONE of them had been written!
Yeshua was referring to the Tanak!! The “Old” Testament. He was referring to the ‘Law and the Prophets.’
Let’s read those verses again with the right understanding of His context,
“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God (the Tanak) and obey it!
My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God (the Tanak) and do it.”
Now, I am not reducing in any way the value of the ‘New’ Testament, but I am demonstrating that the filter of Christendom is to assume some changes happened in the Apostolic times, then to apply that filter to the Tanak, yet, here we have Yeshua teaching, as He always did, that the Torah and the Prophets have primacy!
In searching sermons, a link came up for Bible Hub, a resource with multiple commentaries. None addressed the context of ‘word of God,’ but, as I have already stated, make an assumption leaning to the oft abused Apostolic writings. The only part that seemed even remotely close was The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge. Hitting that link and scrolling down leads to a wonderful collection of Scriptures that demonstrates an understanding of what the ‘word of God’ is!
But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Luke 6:47,48 Whoever comes to me, and hears my sayings, and does them, I will …
Luke 8:21 And he answered and said to them, My mother and my brothers are these …
Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, …
Psalm 112:1 Praise you the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that …
Psalm 119:1-6 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD…
Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways.
Isaiah 48:17,18 Thus said the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the …
Matthew 7:21-25 Not every one that said to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom …
Matthew 12:48-50 But he answered and said to him that told him, Who is my mother? …
John 13:17 If you know these things, happy are you if you do them.
James 1:21-25 Why lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and …
1 John 3:21-24 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God…
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right …
All of those passages point directly at the Torah! And, when we understand ‘shema’ we know that the Torah expectation is to hear and DO!
Just as the first link in the article explains and addresses the error of ‘equivocation,’ this is a good place to consider how Christendom commits the same error when referring to ‘the Word of God,’ as referred to in the text. Generally, the accepted understanding is that the Old Testament is, well, ‘old!’ Nothing is further from the truth! It is the foundation for all of Scripture and all of Scripture MUST match up and agree with the foundation or it is out of alignment with Yahweh’s stated plan, purpose and expectation.
Not long ago a family member said something to the effect, “I should have guessed you would go to the OT,” as if that is a bad thing. But their comment examples the general DISregard of Christendom for the foundations of our faith. We forget that the Torah is the breathed, inspired, inerrant, unchanging Word of God.
If our understanding of the ‘New’ Testament is at odds with the ‘Old’ Testament, then either, the NT is invalid, or we do not rightly understand it. I maintain that the NT is absolutely valid, but Christendom has so twisted our understanding of the Messiah and of Pauline writings that we set the NT against the Old, thinking one superseded the other.
Yeshua taught Torah.
Sa’ul (Paul) taught Torah.
The Church misunderstands both Yeshua and Paul and teaches contrary to Torah!