Today we return to our study in the Gospel of Luke. Previously, we read of the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:1-15. Jesus gave an exhortation to His disciples and to you and I, “…as for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience.” In this parable, Jesus was speaking to His disciples about what the Word is designed to produce in our lives and how we know whether or not we have truly received the Word of God.
In today's text, Luke 8:16—21, we'll read about the story of the lamp and about the mother of Jesus and His brothers coming to visit Him. This passage reinforces the point made in the parable of the sower. That is, did you listen to God's Word and respond to it? So let's bear that in mind as we prepare to hear God's Word.