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January 08, 2010
Text: Luke 10:39-42 (King James Version)
"Now it came to pass, they went, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. (v. 39) And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His Word. (v. 40) But Martha was cumbered about muich 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.’ (v. 41) And Jesus answered and said unto her, ’Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. (v. 42) But one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shalt not be taken away from her.’"
Topic: The Sisters - Martha And Mary!
Too many people in positions of authority proclaim too quick;y and loudly what must be done; but, Jesus, the Christ, let love point out what should be done! Jesus, the Christ, did not so much insist that if we did not keep His Commandments we would be forever damned - but, He quite truthfully said, as recorded in John 14:35(KJV), "If ye love Me, keep My Commandments."
To love Jesus, the Christ, is a privilege - it is the occasion of a thousand graces - it is not something to be grudgingly submitted to! In order to illustrate this Truth, the Holy Bible - the written Word of Almighty God - records the story of Jesus, the Christ’s dearest friends - who lived in Bathany - Lazarus, Martha and Mary!
Martha welcomed Jesus, the Christ, and His Disciples/Apostles to her home and all of its facilities and amenities! Like the good hostess that she was, she undertook to provide for them! As so often is the case, her generosity of courtesy overran her generosity of sacrifice - and, she soon found herself quite beyond her capacity to bear her willingly, self-inflicted burden!
Her sister, Mary, however, did not lift a hand to help Martha for she was too busy lifting up her heart! Few would question that Mary should have joined her sister in the chores - unquestionably and undeniably an obvious obligation - except for the fact that Jesus, the Christ, Himself, did not agree! Mary sat the feet of Jesus, the Christ, while He filled her with a food which would relieve her hunger for all time - which would let her drnk in a wisdom, knowledge, and understanding which would quench her thirst forever! For this to occur, Mary had to share - to some degree - the love of Jesus, the Christ, for Truth and Wisdom - for in His Presence she forgot everything else - and, food and drink for her became - as it did for Jesus, the Christ - the doing of the Will of Almighty God the Father!
Since Jesus, the Christ, could not condone negligence or laziness or thohghtlessness of others, His response to Martha’s complaint and plea to draft Mary to help her, made it "crystal clear" that there could never be a question of an obligation to a lesser good - for the love of Almighty God was paramount! Mary not only had done nothing wrong; but, she unerringly - with a wisdom coextensive with her love - chose the first things first! Jesus, the Christ, left no doubt that those first things were hers by right of interest and discovery - unless she chose herself to discard them!
The fact that few responsible people would have much doubt that Mary’s place was with
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