Luke indicated that Jesus replied to them (ὁ δὲ ἀποκριθεὶς εἶπεν πρὸς αὐτούς) that his mother (Μήτηρ μου) and his brothers (καὶ ἀδελφοί μου) were those who heard (οὗτοί εἰσιν οἱ…ἀκούοντες) the word of God (τὸν λόγον τοῦ Θεοῦ) and did it (καὶ ποιοῦντες). Mark, chapter 3:33-35, and Matthew, chapter 12:48-50, have something similar, but Matthew was closer to Mark.Luke had this simple concluding statement that sounded like a repudiation of his biological family. Mark said that Jesus made a distinction between his biological family and his new spiritual family, as he replied to the person who told him about his relatives. He asked him who his mother was and who were his brothers? He looked at those who were sitting around him in a circle. Then he said that they were his mother and his brothers. Anyone who did the will of God, would be his brother, his sister, and his mother. Matthew also said that Jesus asked them who his mother was and who his brothers were? He stretched out his hand pointing to his disciples and said that they were his mother and his brothers. Anyone who did the will of his Father in heaven would be his brother, his sister, and his mother. This idea of a new faith family was common among many religious groups, since their fellow believers were now their new family. No longer was a biological family important, because there was now a new spiritual family of Jesus believers. How important is your biological family to you?
Some prophets wrote things, while others had people write things about them. Thus, there is a mixed bag about the Hebrew prophets. Generally speaking, a prophet was someone who believed that a higher power had contacted them. Thus, they became the intermediary between Yahweh, their God, and their fellow human beings. Almost like angels, these humans delivered a divine message. Quite often, the message itself that the prophet conveyed was called a prophecy. The Hebrew prophets were moral teachers. Some prophets may have had a role with the institutional Temple priests. Many religious groups have had what are called prophetic priests. The Hebrew word navi, meaning spokesperson, has been traditionally translated as prophet. These navi was considered to be the mouth of Yahweh or God, since they were open to receive and transmit his divine wisdom. Besides writing and speaking messages from God, these Israelite Nevi’im often acted out prophetic parables in their life. They were not always praised, since some prophets were even considered bad or false prophets. Thus, they were sometimes the target of persecution and opposition.