Martha and Mary host Jesus

  1. Martha and Mary host Jesus (10:38-40a)

👰Martha opened her home to Jesus.

🧕Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching (10:39).

🧕Jesus, as we shall see, not only allowed a woman to sit at his feet but actually encouraged it, though Judaism was against it.

🧕Mary wanted to learn from Jesus. She listened intently to the Word of God through the lips of Jesus.

🧕But as Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and learning from Him, Martha was distracted with much serving .(10:40a).

👰May be,Martha did not know that,* “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every Word that comes out of the mouth of God.”*

👰Had she known that Jesus blessed 5 loaves and 2 fish to serve five thousand men, she would not have been anxious to prepare food for Him at the cost of listening to His teaching!

👰It is so easy to get distracted with much serving.

  1. MARTHA’S REQUEST: Make Mary Help(10:40b)

👰There was nothing wrong with Martha’s service to Jesus.
What was wrong was that, she wanted Mary to serve Jesus, her way.

👰We make a mistake when we think that others must serve in the same way, we serve Him.

👰*Before long we will be trying to tell God His business. *

👰This will all happen when, in our service for Jesus, we get distracted from Jesus.”

  1. JESUS’ RESPONSE: Make the Right Choice (10:41-42)

🧕But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (10:41-42).

Notice that Jesus did not take sides.

🧕*Jesus did not send Mary back to the kitchen to help Martha. *

👰*Nor did Jesus tell Martha to stop her work, sit down and listen to his teaching. *

👰The issue was not who was doing what, but what kind of relationship Martha had with Jesus.

👰🧕*Jesus loved Martha as much as He loved Mary. *

🧕 *He loved Mary by protecting her time with Him and praising her choice, to sit at His feet and listen to His teaching. *

👰 *Jesus gently rebuked Martha because He loved her too, and exposed her sin of being distracted by her service. *

🧕 What is necessary is to sit at Jesus’ feet, the way that Mary did, and listen to what He says, and in this way, come to know Jesus for sure.

🧕 This picture shows us Mary’s devotion to Christ, specifically her commitment to His teaching. *Mary loved Jesus and His Word.”


💥 What is necessary for every Martha or Mary is not to serve Jesus, but to be served by him.

💥The one thing that is necessary is the priority of the Word of God in the life of every believer.

💥 It is by this Word that God gives us the saving knowledge of Jesus, and it is by this Word that God directs our service to Him.

💥 *It is good to love Jesus by serving him, as Martha did, but it is better to love and serve Jesus by listening to him. *

💥Jesus repeatedly spoke about his death, but the disciples did not understand what that meant.

💥But Mary understood that Jesus was the Messiah sent by God to seek and to save the lost by dying for their sins. So, she anointed him in anticipation for His burial. (John 12:7)


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