9/15/15 Single-Minded Love & Simplicity vs. A Divided, Anxious Heart & Luxury

bethany map

Jesus now departs, along with His apostles and the 70 newly appointed disciples, traveling to the village of Bethany, whose name means “house of mourning.”  Most of His followers find a place to make camp in the fields, but Jesus and the 12 stay at the home of His friends, a brother and 2 sisters named Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.  It is a large home and easily accommodates the group, and the many servants make them feel like royalty.  Martha is flustered, however, because she is not used to having such prestigious company in her home.  She insists on overseeing every aspect of the preparations, especially in the kitchen.  And with every passing moment she becomes more flustered, especially when she dwells on the fact that her sister is nowhere to be found.  She finally tears herself away from the kitchen and goes in search of Mary.  She is incensed when she finds her sister sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to Him teach His apostles!  She rushes up to Jesus, interrupting His lesson, and blusters, “Rabbi!  Here I am, rushing around doing all the work by myself while my sister is just sitting there listening to Your lesson like she’s one of Your apostles!  Make her come and help me!”  Jesus looks at her with a mixture of amusement and sympathy and chides her, saying, “Martha, Martha!  You worry too much!  We do not need all this fancy treatment you are intent on giving us!  Nobody truly needs all that.  Simplicity is always best.  Mary has chosen the right thing to do, to sit and give all her attention to the things of God and His Kingdom!  That will not be taken away from her.”  Martha turns beet red, gives a little bow, and backs away from the room, ashamed of her outburst.

Luke 10:38-42, http://www.thebiblejourney.org/content/pages/uploaded_images/160.png


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