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Matthew 12:48

But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, "Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"

Adam Clarke Commentary

Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? - The reason of this seeming disregard of his relatives was this: they came to seize upon him, for they thought he was distracted. See Mark 3:33.


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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/matthew-12.html. 1832.

Coffman's Commentaries on the Bible

But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren!

Probably due to his foresight of the gross idolatry that would flourish around the name of his mother, Christ was careful to guard against it. More on this will be found under Matthew 13:55. Mary was never set forth as a female deity by Christ. If she had been, in any sense, the "Mother of God," Christ's treatment of her on this occasion was improper. Although there is no hint that they were aware of it, Mary and his brothers were interfering with his work; and Christ refused to see them, at least until the business at hand was completed.


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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/matthew-12.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

But he answered and said unto him that told him,.... Of his mother and brethren being without doors, desiring, and waiting to speak to him,

Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? These questions are put, not as if he himself was ignorant who were his mother or his brethren; or as suggesting as if he had none; or as denying that these were in such a relation to him; or as casting any slight upon them; or as intending to teach men disrespect to parents and kindred, according to the flesh; but as displeased with the man, or men, for interrupting him in his work; and to let them know, that the business of his heavenly Father was preferred by him to any his natural relations could have with him; and that he might have an opportunity of pointing out who were his relations in a spiritual sense.


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Gill, John. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/matthew-12.html. 1999.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And he answering, said - Our Lord's knowing why they came, sufficiently justifies his seeming disregard of them.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/matthew-12.html. 1765.

The Fourfold Gospel

But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

  1. Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? See .


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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "The Fourfold Gospel". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/matthew-12.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Matthew 12:48.Who is my mother? These words were unquestionably intended to reprove Mary’s eagerness, and she certainly acted improperly in attempting to interrupt the progress of his discourse. (157) At the same time, by disparaging the relationship of flesh and blood, our Lord teaches a very useful doctrine; for he admits all his disciples and all believers to the same honorable rank, as if they were his nearest relatives, or rather he places them in the room of his mother and brethren Now this statement is closely connected with the office of Christ; for he tells us that he has been given, not to a small number of individuals, but to all the godly, who are united in one body with him by faith. He tells us also, that there is no tie of relationship more sacred than spiritual relationship, because we ought not to think of him according to the flesh, but according to the power of his Spirit which he has received from the Father to renew men, so that those who are by nature the polluted and accursed seed of Abraham begin to be by grace the holy and heavenly sons of God. In like manner, Paul affirms that to know Christ after the flesh is not to know him properly, (2 Corinthians 5:16,) because we ought rather to consider that renovation of the world, which far exceeds human power, and which takes place when he forms us anew by his Spirit to the image of God. To sum up the whole, this passage, first, teaches us to behold Christ with the eyes of faith; and, secondly, it informs us, that every one who is regenerated by the Spirit, and gives himself up entirely to God for true justification, is thus admitted to the closest union with Christ, and becomes one with him.


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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/matthew-12.html. 1840-57.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Ver. 48. Who is my mother, and who, &c.] This meekest lamb was stirred with a holy indignation at so absurd an interruption, and sharps him up that delivers the message. Great is the honour that is due to a mother. Solomon set Bathsheba at his right hand, and promised her anything with reason. Nescitne Antipater unicam matris lacrimulam omnes istius criminationes posse delere? Knows not Antipater that one tear of my mother’s can easily blot out all his accusations against her? said Alexander the Great. Brethren also, or near allies (as these were to our Saviour), are dearly to be respected, and greatly gratified, as were Joseph’s brethren by him in his greatness. But when these relations, or their requests, come in competition with God’s work or glory, they must be neglected, nay, rejected and abominated. For is there any friend to God? or any foe like him? Men be they pleased or displeased, he must be obeyed, and his business despatched, be the contrary occasions never so urgent in show, the pretences never so specious and plausible.


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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/matthew-12.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Matthew 12:48. Who is my mother? &c.— To suppose that our Lord here intends to put any slight on his mother, would be very absurd. He only took the opportunity of expressing his affection to his obedient disciples in a peculiarly endearing manner, which could not but be a very great comfort to them, and would be to Susanna, Joanna, Mary Magdalene, and the other pious women who sat near him, (Luke 8:2-3.) a rich equivalent for all the fatigue and expence which their zeal for their heavenly Master occasioned. And as this seems to have been towards the beginning of their progress, it is observable that our Lord appears to have been peculiarly concerned for their encouragement. See Luke 11:27-28 and Doddridge.


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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/matthew-12.html. 1801-1803.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Matthew 12:48. τίς ἐστιν, κ. τ. λ., who is, etc.) He does not scorn His mother, but He places His Father before her (see Matthew 12:50): and, with reference to this principle, He does not acknowledge His mother and brethren; and uses this form of words to convey a reproof.


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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/matthew-12.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Matthew 12:50".


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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/matthew-12.html. 1685.

Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

Who is my mother? this question was designed to awaken attention, in order more usefully to communicate instruction.


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Edwards, Justin. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "Family Bible New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/matthew-12.html. American Tract Society. 1851.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Matthew 12:48. Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? Implying, not contempt nor carelessness, but that the family relation in His case was peculiar. He was more than man, or was not justified in thus speaking.


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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/matthew-12.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Matthew 12:48. τίς ἐστιν μήτηρ μου. One might have expected Jesus, out of delicacy, to have spoken only of His brethren, leaving the bearing of the question on His mother to be inferred. But the mention of her gave increased emphasis to the truth proclaimed. The question repels a well-meant but ignorant interference of natural affection with the sovereign claims of duty. It reveals a highly strung spirit easily to be mistaken for a morbid enthusiasm.


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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/matthew-12.html. 1897-1910.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Absorbed in the awful warnings He was pouring forth, He felt this to be an unseasonable, interruption, fitted to dissipate the impression made upon the large audience-such an interruption as duty to the nearest relatives did not require Him to give way to. But instead of a direct rebuke, He seizes on the incident to convey a sublime lesson, expressed in a style of inimitable condescension.


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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/matthew-12.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
Who is
10:37; Deuteronomy 33:9; Mark 3:32,33; Luke 2:49,52; John 2:3,4; 2 Corinthians 5:16

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/matthew-12.html.

E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament

The question does not indicate that Jesus intended to ignore his family relations, or that he did not recognize them; it was not asked for that purpose.


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Zerr, E.M. "Commentary on Matthew 12:48". E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/znt/matthew-12.html. 1952.


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