32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee.
33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren?
34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
I was sitting on the porch swing listening and reading thru Mark. When I listened to the end of chapter three my mind asked me why the Messiah did not include “my father”? Yep, the Spirit shot a question to me. Why was a father figure not included? Most of us have fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers; but they may not be in our lives. We have them none the less. A baby making takes a mother’s egg and a father’s sperm. So why was the whole family not mentioned?
My sarcastic self, with all the reasons which I will just mention, said “ ’cause you can’t rely on a man to do what you need.” The reason I let that nasty thought pop in is because of our move. We are trying to get reliable persons to either give estimates or just show up on time to do what the work that is needing started/completed. I responded to the Spirit with all my pent-up frustrations. I know, ‘shame on me’. But I just chuckled at my response and said sorry! Yes, I talk aloud when the chance arises.
But back to the question of “why no father.” Besides the physical part of conception, which is something we should mention first? The Son had an earthly father figure in His life, but He did not have a biological father. Part of our brain knows that, but part has never really let the thought plant a seed. The Son did not have an earthly, biological father whom planted a sperm in the egg. His brothers had a man as a biological father, so those men were brothers only through his mother. The Son may have heard rumors or even taunts as He was growing up about how His mother was pregnant before her formal marriage. But should we consider the idea: from childhood that would have never matter to Him? If we read what little is there about his childhood, we can see that He knew the difference between earthly and heavenly. He understood His father was the Father of Creation; the one and only Father that matters to each of us. [Just rereading now what I just typed I realized that I have never read anything that seemed to embarrass Him. Maybe that is why He was so willing to leave out the idea of a ‘father’. But the reason that each of us should grasp is the all important and really the only reason we need to understand.]
The Son left the ‘father’ out simply because of who the ‘father’ is. The ‘father’ is our Creator! He is the one we will have to answer to for all we do. Just imagine how hard it will be to stand in front of Him on our judgement day. We all know how hard it is to answer a wrong when faced with our earthly father or father figure. How much more stress will we have when facing our great I Am?
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
When reading the above verses, we finally have the mention of a ‘father’ in this teaching. He explains whom His mother and brethren are. Has He included you? And by explaining the relationship as being the ones who follow Him and the one whom follows His Father; He alludes to the reason no ‘father figure’ is mentioned. He is telling us that the only true father that should concern us is our Heavenly Father. After we accept His salvation then we should concern our lives with what the Father instructs us to do.
And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
In Luke we read that the author used the phrase of: “these which hear the word of God, and do it.” In Matthew it is: “For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven” . And in the book of Mark we read, “For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother ”. Notice again that only once was the word “father” used in the three interpretations of the same conversation. Notice that He used a qualifier of “which is in heaven” with the term of “father”.
What this may tell us is to consider the importance of family. Or in other words: to consider how we think of the “importance of family” in our lives. Do we hold our family in high esteem; so much so that we are not doing the things of our Lord? Do we obey and follow our Lord’s commands better than those of our earthly fathers and mothers? By placing so little emphases on the words of “mother” and “father”; He is showing us that we should listen to the Word that was given us and do it according to His ways. By not jumping up and addressing His earthy mother, He set an example to how we should go about the business of our Father. Our Father should come before any family; and that things we are doing for Him should not be interrupted by our family. I am not saying to not honor, obey, or show respect to our parents and family. What I am saying is that family should never come between your Father in Heaven and what you are doing for Him.
Is it not interesting how such a simple set of verses can make us consider everyday things in life? Sometimes when reading the Word, we need to search out what the words do not say. Just because the Son did not expound on it does not mean it is unimportant. What is important is understanding what was not said. So, as you read your Book, think about all that is not written. Ask why somethings were omitted: using these verses as examples. Also, listen to the thoughts that pop into your head while reading the Word. Keep a pencil in there to jot down a thought or question. That way you can continue with what you are reading, then later can go back to search out the thought or question that just happened to make it through. Those whispers of thought and questions may just be the Holy Ghost nudging you into a direction you need to go.
As I end this post, I want to ask the Lord to always speak to us and give us whispers of what we each need for any moment in our lives.