This month we start our first blog for Breaking Bread, it will give us the opportunity to continue to converse as we currently meet only once a month.
Read the text, think about these question, share your thoughts and ask your own questions. Remember as we discover the implications we also what to make proper application to our life.
Scripture Text - Luke 10:38-42
Discussion topic: "Mary or Martha"
The Lord frequently stayed with Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus at Bethany, near to Jerusalem. Here were disciples who had not become homeless in following the Lord, but who used and opened their home for him.
Mary sat at his feet and listened attentively as he spoke. Martha, her sister, was busy preparing food for everyone. Martha asked him to rebuke Mary because she needed her help. Yet to have left so noble a guest on his own would have been rude and foolish. Mary used her time wisely, and was nourished by the word of God, infinitely more important food than could be served on a plate (Luke 4:4).
Like the parable of the Good Samaritan, this small account is timeless. We all have aspects of Mary and Martha within us. Perhaps our modern, active church life more closely resembles that of Martha than Mary. We tend to be ‘distracted with much serving’ today, and only rarely spend time sitting at our Lord’s feet and hearing his word.
Gavin Childress, Opening up Luke’s Gospel (Opening Up Commentary; Leominster: Day One Publications, 2006), 97.