Monday, April 9, 2012

Women of the Bible Series


Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat a Jesus feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving and came to him, and said,
Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her,
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.
But one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken  away from her.       LUKE 10: 38-42

In my study here I want to reflect on an important need. refocus poor Martha who has taken the brunt of excuses for who knows how long ...on WHY women shouldn't be caught up in serving or housework!


The context here is a time of SPIRITUAL learning.

A NEEDFUL time of instruction from the Son of God...JESUS.  A TIME to HEAR...and LISTEN to God's word.

John 1:1 says...
In the beginning was the WORD and the WORD was with God and the WORD was GOD.

John 1:14/17 And the WORD was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him,  I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.

At Martha's house she received JESUS into their SPEAK.

John 10:39.....which heard his word.

Martha's FAULT at this time....was her NEGLECT to STOP!! and listen to that which was most needful..HEARING THE WORDS OF GOD...which cannot be taken away!!

When we have trusted the LORD Jesus as our Saviour...Born Again by the Spirit of God...the WORD becomes alive and lives within us.

Psalm 119 is full of verses that MAGNIFY the WORD OF GOD and it's affect upon our lives.

TODAY...Preaching and Teaching of the WORD OF GOD is NEEDFUL..a TIME to STOP and LISTEN.

SITTING AT THE FEET OF JESUS....any time the WORD OF GOD is or preached.

Note: that Martha had also at previous times...sat at Jesus feet... verse 39 says of Mary that she also sat at Jesus feet..meaning that Martha had many times as well! It was not every time she was full of care in her serving. But this time..she neglected to STOP and remember that her most needful time...was to listen to Jesus speak.

DO YOU??  Miss Sunday School because you are busy (full of care) about how you look? or the kids need this and that?  Dinner for company after church must be prepared...HAVE YOU missed the MAIN SERVICE to SERVE? perhaps for company coming....or a dinner AT CHURCH and you feel you MUST be there to set up and have it all ready...

WILL you cumbered about with much serving...and MISS that most needful time that cannot be taken away! 

The important Biblical lesson of the day? COULD YOU possibly MISS the very Scripture that would help that prayer need you have? or that ENCOURAGING word you have so longed for?

MAYBE..YOU GO TO THE NURSERY too much!  TRUST the nursery workers...they will come to you if they need you in there...TOOO!  Or maybe you just like to FELLOWSHIP in he nursery.


Now lets see...what about?  SERVING

Titus 2:1-5  But speak thou the things that become sound doctrine.
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things.
That hey may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home......

Proverbs 31:27  She looketh well to the ways of her household....

verse 20.she stretcheth forth her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth to the needy.

There is a TIME for serving...and a TIME for sitting at the feet of Jesus.

A Spiritual time of opportunity....

Sunday School,  Worship Services..Revival Meetings..Special Bible Speakers...Bible Study times with Christians (Ladies Bible Study-ours the first Tues of each month) Would YOU be there?


Does DAD do the DEVOTION with the do the dishes...etc.

STOP...and sit at Jesus Feet!!  Taken in that which cannot be taken away..let it grow and strengthen you...

Don't let this be an excuse to be a keeper at home....

Set PRIORITIES...make a conscious effort to be on time at church...plan a meal for company in a crock so you won't neglect that NEEDFUL thing...

We are to be hospitable and serve...we are to use our time wisely for the testimony of  God's Word.

John 12:1-2  Mary and Martha

Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.

There they made him a supper; and Martha served:....

Note is says..THEY... Mary and Martha made him SUPPER. 

A determined time of EATING...

Martha served....

Many times as with the first scenario of Martha...we too get caught up in the moment...wanting to get everyone served and troubled that one might be missed...or we need those napkins....or perhaps AFTER the meal...we feel the kitchen needs cleaning right then...and that is GOOD and WELL...but not if you have a certain time that is set aside for THE WORD OF GOD....stop and do the dishes later...but do them and be a keeper at the RIGHT TIMES.

God Bless ...


Kelly Johnson said...

This was lovely. In this day and age, I feel like so many use what I call "the Martha" excuse! They use the excuse not to keep their homes because they are being like Mary and too often this is NOT true!!

Love the way you brought illumination to this particular "serving" study. There is a time to serve and a time to listen. Thank you for the time you spent on this study!

Debbie said...

This is a wonderful post with so much to chew on. I loved how you mentioned that she had previously sat at the feet. I think so many of us can be swept into the trap of "others need to hear this so I need to serve" mentality.

I also love how you brought it full circle to that last Martha mention. I recently taught that one, in fact. I love the fact that in the end she serves with no thought to what anyone else is (or is not) doing. She never mentions a peep about help.

Just as her sister went from sitting at the feet of Jesus to worshipping with abandon, I think Martha learned to serve with abandon and make the service an act of worship instead of "works".

You're a wonderful teacher! I love the way you think.

Maxine said...

Much, much hear that we need to be mindful of. I always have loved the story of Mary and Martha and there are so many lessons in it. You have certainly made lots of good applications that hit home in many of the areas where we women are often guilty. Thanks for taking the time to do this study. God bless you as you strive to serve the Master.

Mrs.C said...

As women, we often find it easy to do, keep doing, and forgetting to stop. We have to have these times of refreshing with our Lord, to sustain us in those times of serving. Thank you so much for reminding me of your study! I needed this reminder!

Sandra said...

You have brought out some things I have never thought about. I always hated missing the preaching when it was my turn for the nursery, but there are some moms who come to the nursery just to visit with other moms! What a good point this is, that they NEED to be at his feet. They have the perfect opportunity because others are watching their children. I have often looked at this scripture, and knowing that they couldn't just eat out or dump something out of a can to heat up quickly, I knew she had to be working and feeding every one, but you have opened this up to me for more understanding. Thank you!