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More notes on Martha and Mary…..

MORE CONTRASTS OF THESE SISTERS:

(TO DO ON YOUR OWN)

John 11:1-45 – Notice: Jesus loves Martha (v.5), but, also, notice that Martha’s reply does not answer the Lord’s question in verses 25-27.

John 12:1-8 – Notice Mary’s behavior that exhibits her belief.

 Contrast Zaccheus’ reception of our Lord in Luke 19:5-6 with Martha’s in Luke 10:38.  (Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.  And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.”  Wonder how the scene at Martha’s house might have been different if she had received the Lord “joyfully?”  Joy is a matter of the heart’s attitude, knowing the Lord is in control.

Actually, what led to my study of these sisters was meditating on the principle of Romans 2:1, Matthew 7:1-5, and James 4:6-11.  Judging others because of what is in our own hearts.

We are NOT to judge others – only ourselves.  And how was Martha judging?  She wanted to control someone else’s behavior.   She was “judging” what was best for Mary to do.  If you are controlling someone – or – letting someone control you, you both are guilty.  There is only One Judge with whom we have to deal – Our Lord.

Oops – I just heard someone say, “But, we are to serve one another in love.”  Was Martha serving from a heart of love?  A heart of love does not seek her own way.  Love lays down its life (for the brethren).  Are you serving from your surplus time, money?  Time you wouldn’t be at your job anyway, time that your family is not home anyway, – mind you, that’s fine, but it isn’t “laying down your life” until you sacrifice in the area of someone else’s NEED.  Matthew 6:33,34 secures our earthly needs as well as our Heavenly ones. And consider the “widow’s mite” in Luke 21:1-4 – “And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury.  And He saw a certain poor widow putting in two small copper coins.  And He said, ‘Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.’ “(NAS)

And consider Matthew 6 – Yes, the whole chapter.  Read it!  Believe it!  Live it!  And note verse 30 – the phrase, “O, ye of LITTLE FAITH.”  This faith cannot please God.

And, then there’s the matter of the beam (log) in our own eye.  Matthew 7:1-5.  We do not see clearly, therefore, judging another because we are guilty of the same thing, if only in principle.  Notice, however, that when this beam is gone we can see clearly to take the speck out of our brother’s eye.  His is a “speck” because he has removed his own log, with only a splinter remaining.  You can see clearly because you have removed your own log.  Seeing clearly means to be able to discern (instead of judge), and pray according to the Lord’s will and way of doing things, not according to your own will and way. (His will is plainly revealed in the Bible, but He only lets a select few know His ways. Ps. 103:7.) And I haven’t even gotten to the “Be careful (anxious) for NOTHING” scriptures!

OF INTEREST:  I FOUND A NOTE IN ONE OF MY BIBLES THAT SAID THAT THE MEANING OF “Martha” and Mary” conveys the thought of rebellion, perhaps pointing to the natural life of Martha and Mary.  “Martha” is #3136 – “marthah” and “Mary” is #3137 – “mareeah.”

Lastly, There are a couple of scriptures especially meaningful to me about the “ONE THING” that is needful in my life.  Philippians 3:7-14  “ONE THING I do, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call (the out-resurrection from among the dead in v. 11) of God in Christ Jesus.” Vv.13,14

Another one is Ps. 27:4 – “ONE THING I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:  That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple.”

 “Moreoever, all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes himself to those who set themselves above others, but gives grace to those who are lowly.  Permit yourselves therefore to be humbled under the mighty hand of God, in order that you He may exalt in an appropriate season, having deposited with Him once for all the whole of your worry, because to Him it is a matter of concern respecting you.”  1Peter 5:5-7 (Wuest)

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July 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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