Our recent Bible study focused on Martha and Mary. I love these two ladies and can identify with both in so many ways. There’s the Mary in me that wants to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen, and learn; just soak it all in like a sponge. Then, there’s the Martha part of me that desperately needs to be doing … serve, make sure needs for food and comfort are met, take care of the necessities and the business at hand.
Our study focused on Scripture in Luke 10: 38-42, John 11: 1-44, and John 12: 1-8. So many times we only focus on Martha being too busy and not listening to Jesus. The lovely thing I learned through this study in multiple passages was that not only was Martha a doer, she was a wise woman full of faith who took Jesus’s words to heart. She believed in Him for her brother, Lazarus’s, healing and eventual resurrection. Then, when I read the passage in John 12, I saw how she had applied Jesus’s words and although she was working, she did so without complaint which allowed Mary to listen to Jesus and anoint His feet with costly perfume.
I would like to encourage you to read these passages along with a good commentary or two. I really enjoy reading commentaries by Warren Wiersbe, which were recommended by a great pastor-friend (thank you Brother Herman!😊). I have found several of Mr. Wiersbe’s works on Amazon. I also greatly enjoy the no cost “Enduring Word” commentary in the Apple Ap store recommended by my Bible Study group. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it for the Martha and Mary study. God has opened His Word in amazing ways through these commentaries. It’s a joy to study His Word with some help and explanation. 😊
Like Mary, I need to sit at the feet of Jesus to listen and learn. Like Martha, I need to work without complaining, and listen too 😊, in hopes that someone else can also focus on Jesus.
Dear friends, thank you so much for following along with Hope and a Dash of Humor! You Bless me Big! 😊😊😊
Have a blessed Sabbath!