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October 1 - Morning

"Martha opened her home to Jesus. She had a
sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet
listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted
by all the preparations that had to be made.
She came to him and asked,
“Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
- Luke 10:40-42

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Cultural Distraction    

Hospitality was (and, still is) highly valued in the Middle East. This cultural norm combined with
the fact that a woman's reputation and social honor was directly connected to her ability to serve
as a good hostess, who could entertain guests and manage her household responsibilities, made
the social expectations on  Martha a source of emotional and physical pressure. And, playing hostess to a local celebrity such as Jesus from Nazareth made the situation so much more intense. It required flawless hospitality! Mary's sudden loss of interest in social responsibility, cultural norms and her general disregard for the people visiting her house would surely leave a social stigma that would affect everyone in her household which included her sister, Martha, and brother, Lazarus. Martha feared people would be talking about this social gaffe for years!

Ultimately, the blunder was not made by Mary, but by Martha who became distracted with preparations of dishes of food, seating, arrangements, etc. Things only got worse for Martha who in her criticism of her sister Mary also included Jesus in her rebuke. Jesus’ was apparently negligent in allowing Mary to sit and listen to him speak, while Martha was left to burden the load of hostess alone. Martha demands the Lord, “Tell her to help me!”

Jesus tells Martha:

  1. She was “worried” or “anxious” – Gr. merimnas – refers to an agitated state of mind created from being overly concerned with too much care invested in a situation.
  2. She was “upset”  - Gr. thorubadze – means to be troubled or distracted
  3. She was concerned over many details when far less preparation was needed. Just a few of societies expectations were worthy of fulfilling. When societies demands are compared with God’s demands the choice was simple. Only one thing is absolutely required in the end and Mary had chosen that portion
  4. She had chosen the lesser potion - at that moment in time Martha had chosen the portion that was less valuable.

Indeed, social expectations and standards are important at some level, but when compared with the Lord’s Word and his company, then social standards are far inferior. Martha was preparing portions/dishes of food, but Mary had chosen “ten agathen merida” (Gr), or “the good portion” or “the most important dish.” Jesus will not deprive Mary of her choice only to inflict on her the burden of being distracted by the unnecessary busy-ness and worry of socials demands.

In this case, Jesus approved a woman breaking the social expectation of serving as a hostess, the typical role of a woman, and allowed the woman to choose the role of being a disciple of a rabbi, which was socially only available to men.

  Christian Quote from Church History


"If you believe what you
like in the gospels, and
reject what you don't like,
it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself."
- Augustine



Something to Ponder??


“Jesus” and “Christ” are mentioned 1,251 and 545 times in the New Testament. “David” is mentioned 1,007 times in the Old and 57 times in the New Testament.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information



Mishkan (Hb) - Tabernacle, Sanctuary, Temple (Eng) - The Hebrew word Mishkan means "dwelling place." God desires to have interaction and contact with mankind. God commanded
Moses to make a Mishkan or "dwelling" for the Lord to dwell in with Israel. The most perfect
Mishkan was Jesus when, "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory." (John 1:14)

  A coin (photo here) from 1000 BC with an image of a man with long hair fighting a lion was found during excavation at Beth Shemesh in 2012 beside the Sorek Valley which was the border between Judah and Philistia. The Philistine side was littered with bones of pigs that had been eaten, while the Jewish side of the river had none. This coin proves that the story of Samson existed during the time of Judges (1100-1050 BC) and was not merely a fable created while the Jews where in Babylonian captivity (586-538 BC) as many "scholars" claim.
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Jesus is dwelling among us and calling us to serve him today.
But, is it possible that I am overly concerned and care far too much about things that do not matter? Am I investing time, energy and resources into situations that are meaningless when compared to God's desire to dwell with me?
  "The sacrifice of the wicked is destestable - how much more so when brought with evil intent."
Proverbs 21:27
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A coin found in 2012 at Beth Shemesh in Israel along the Sorek Valley which was the border between Judah and Philistia. Samson grew up in this area and killed a lion as he walked through the vineyards near Tmnah in the Sorek Valley (Judges 14:5). This coin is from around 1050 BC which means the story of a man and a lion circulated during the days of Samson. This supports the biblical account and undermines the critics who claim that the story of Samson was a fabrication of the Jews returning from Babylon around 538 BC. Important cities in Christian history.
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