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Sunday, May 1, 2011


When you read the scriptures and see all of the great things that were done by Jesus and some of his followers, it makes you to want to do great things also.

The problem is; some of us have to do the mundane stuff, like oil the wheels so the ones who are special can do their thing.

I have found it a little demeaning when the Lord put Martha down for not sitting along side Mary and listening to what Jesus was saying.
Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)

Now that could have been interpreted as saying, “Don’t fix us some food we’ll just go hungry, and we don’t need a place to sleep, we will just sit and talk about good things. - - You don’t need to bother about this kind of stuff for it is not spiritual enough, be more like Mary and just kick back.

Martha has been damned by a million sermons for being concerned about the physical needs of her guest.

Some would say, and it’s probably so, that anytime Jesus was teaching you should have been listening. On the other hand Martha was obligated to provide hospitality for her guest;

Romans 12:13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

1 Timothy 3:2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,

Titus 1:8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, and who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined

1 Peter 4:9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

3 John 1:8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

Romans 16:23 Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings.

Unfortunately Martha was just average, she didn’t have the liberty of sitting at Jesus feet, she had work to do.

Some in criticizing Martha said; she didn’t have to go to all that trouble because Jesus would have done his thing and fed everybody.

That would be just like he did in Luke 6:1 One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels.

Was that a miracle or what?

I have a good idea; let’s take all of the Martha’s of the church and run them off so we will only have Mary’s in the church.

We recently went to a restaurant and the host was friendly, took us to a seat gave us a menu and disappeared. Then the waitress for the next 45 minutes served us. The cook prepared our food, and we ate and enjoyed our meal. The waitress took our money and returned with our change. If the host was Mary and the cook and waitress were Martha, which was the most needful Mary or Martha?

Poor old Martha was only average and she was merely good for the donkey work. She was too concerned about whether people were able to eat and slept. She got slammed for trying to be hospitable and not wanting to do all the work by herself.

We sometime forget that Jesus was human and Mary knew how to be the center of attention by sitting at the feet of Jesus which may have turned Jesus on. If Mary was a pretty young thing hanging on and around Jesus I suspect he being a normal 100% man as some claim, he must have enjoying this attention.

Now for those who say he was filled with the Holy Ghost and couldn’t do that, I remind them of the preachers who are also filled with the Holy Ghost that do enjoy such a scenario.

The moral is; when the Mary’s give the Martha’s the necessary help that is needed it will be amazing how much more spiritual the Martha’s will become.

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