John 11:1-45 We read the account of Lazarus death.
Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.. Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that,
he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
Notice in verse 3...both Mary and Martha called him LORD. The SON OF GOD esteemed...his NAME above ALL names....LORD.
When addressing him...ONLY this name was befitting...To seek the help of the only one who could...
CASTING ALL YOUR CARE UPON HIM FOR HE CARETH FOR YOU. I Peter 5:7
Jesus the incarnate WORD...spoke to them...
this sickness not unto death...
Is he truly LORD of your life...if he speaks these words of comfort to you..as in I Peter 5:7?
Do you believe him...HIS WORD?
God's purpose in our lives as Believers...is to GLORIFY HIS NAME...
How patient are we in letting GOD do the work...letting HIS TIME...and HIS desires come to pass.
I recall a time in my younger days of my Christian walk...My eldest son (now 32)..at six months of age became very ill with a high fever. ( a young Mother at that...and heavy of heart) He had to be admitted to the hospital for an overnight watch. I still can picture how pitiful he looked in the crib with an oxygen tent over him...as I sat and looked..thinking..praying...pleading for God's help. His care for me and my child...HOW LORD?
As I read my Bible and waited...another patient behind the curtain next to us was talking to her doctor. She feared so the task of having to give herself injections for diabetes...the doctor was no comfort at all...very business and a matter of fact so. After he left, I peeked around the curtain and asked if I could chat with her for a moment..BIBLE in hand. A sweet elderly lady...I began to witness to her of God's Grace and my own current situation there ....I left her my Bible to read. The next morning...my son was well! The fever gone..no test necessary, after all! We could go home! But, not before a young gentleman stopped me in the room and asked if I was the one who had spoken to his mother?
Yes. THANK YOU...she has such peace now.She read your Bible all night. Here..it is. Thank you for helping her.
..THAT THE SON OF GOD ..MIGHT BE GLORIFIED!!
Have you allowed GOD to work in your life..moment by moment...waiting patiently? Looking for those opportunities that come your way to GLORIFY HIS NAME. THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT!
II Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort..
Notice John 11:5 Now, Jesus loved, Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
He mentions MARTHA first..of all people! YES...as in our previous study..so many have taken her name for blame! Jesus LOVED her just as much as the others! He NAMES her first here.
As we read on...we find Jesus is exhorting his own disciples to trust him. Reminding them in verse 10
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
verse 14...Then said, Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
Jesus was glad that he was not there...to manifest HIS TIME..HIS PURPOSE.
When Martha heard that Jesus had come...she quickly met him. Mary stayed at the house.
WAIT...I thought Martha was cumbered about the HOUSE and careful about many things!
Even though she says Lord if thou hast been here, my brother had not died...knowing even if he just SPOKE it is done..
She also says..BUT I KNOW...verse 22 God will give it thee.
Jesus said unto her, They brother shall rise again. verse 23
Verse 27 she confirms her belief with
She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou are the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
Martha leaves to get Mary....she says THE MASTER IS COME..as soon as Mary hears this..she too rises quickly and goes to him.
Verse 32..MARY now has her doubts..LORD IF THOU.....mmm? just like Martha.
We should be careful not to Categorize people.
I did a Bible Study recently (will post on blog soon) of us all being Diamonds in the rough!!
God is working continually in the hearts of believers..we can't expect a new convert to be seasoned with the faith that trials bring to strengthen us..or verses of scripture learned over time.
Have you ever considered..how Jesus feels when you don't BELIEVE HIS WORD?
Imagine as he patiently..teaches them HIS WAYS..about trusting him and believing.
Let the example of Mary and Martha of Bethany be an exhortation to wait patiently on the LORD.
Set your priorities upon HIM. No Martha excuses anymore!!!
Seek HIM as LORD and Master of your life. WATCH as he brings to pass HIS WORD.
I Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
..he LOVED Martha, and her sister and Lazarus.
I John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
I pray this study is a blessing to you and a help.