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Mary v. Martha

July 29, 2013 2 comments

Jesus continued from there toward Jerusalem and came to another village. Martha, a resident of that village, welcomed Jesus into her home. Her sister, Mary, went and sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him teach. Meanwhile Martha was anxious about all the hospitality arrangements.

Martha (interrupting Jesus): Lord, why don’t You care that my sister is leaving me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to get over here and help me.

Jesus: Oh Martha, Martha, you are so anxious and concerned about a million details, but really, only one thing matters. Mary has chosen that one thing, and I won’t take it away from her (vv. 38-42, The Voice).

This passage allows the reader to draw a nearly infinite number of applications. You learn what you want to learn here.

What is the one thing? Answer this question objectively and the passage becomes more than a mirror into your preexisting biases.

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Outline of Luke 10

July 24, 2013 Leave a comment
  1. Jesus Sends out Disciples in Pairs
  2. They Return and Brag
  3. Jesus Prays
  4. Jesus and a Scribe Discuss Scripture
  5. The Parable of the Good Samaritan
  6. Jesus Speaks with Martha About Mary
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Mostly Dead

February 17, 2009 Leave a comment

Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother, provided Jesus the opportunity to illustrate his power over death in advance of his crucifixion.
In John 11, we read that Jesus wept (v. 35), even though in verses 1-4 Jesus reassures us that Lazarus’ illness will not end in death. In verses 11-14, Jesus has to clear up some misunderstandings and explain that Lazarus is (temporarily) dead.
This reminds me of the following scene from The Princess Bride:
Because of God’s incredible love, Lazarus is only “mostly dead.”

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