Monday, April 9, 2012
MARY and MARTHA of BETHANY
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.
And...to 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!
LETS TAKE A DIFFERENT LOOK
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 presence...to 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 opened...read 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 also....be 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.
WHY DO YOU GO TO CHURCH? it should be to SIT AT JESUS FEET! and HEAR HIS WORDS.
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?
How about HOME DEVOTIONS?
Does DAD do the DEVOTION with the kids...WHILE..you 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 pot...do 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...
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 home...at the RIGHT TIMES.
God Bless ...
The First Week of each month.
The Women of the Bible series first post will be this evening. I apologize for the delays.
I hope to post on this series once a month..usually the first week of the month. I hope you will join me and in between some devotions and testimonies..
I will be sharing next week a TESTIMONIAL...on God's care of what may seem small matters to others...BIG TO US..and just as CARING FROM A LOVING FATHER...
His LOVE is so SPECIAL...such a tender heart...yet such a POWERFUL and GREAT GOD..his works are past finding out..a hint of them in our own lives touched by his GRACES...
may I add....CONTINUALLY...
Please come REJOICE with me..