He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers
are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”
a) A clever usually taunting remark
b) A witty or funny observation or response usually made on the spur of the moment
c) Quibble, equivocation: subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse
While many of the sayings of Jesus fall under the title of Parable, I wonder if this might be better described as a first century Quip. At that time there were so many different ways of segregating people, of differentiating one group from another either by social standings, tribe affiliations, cultural heiarchies, religions, nationalities, and likely at least a dozen more systems that kept people apart and kept one group in control of another. Jews, Gentiles,Slaves, freed men ,free citizens(cives), the senetorial class,the equesterian class,nobles, noble-plebians, peregrini, man,woman and child.In Jesus’s quip he breaks down society into two groups; those who hear the word of God and act on it, and those who don’t. In all other respects people are equal.Note too that “God” is singular and not plural. This simple yet important quip was quite the revolutinary concept in the first century.