It’s the Martha and Mary show, over at channel Luke 10:38-42:

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 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 only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

I have known about this scripture for a long time, but it wasn’t until our minister preached on it a few weeks ago that this insight hit me.  The minister mentioned that both the worker Martha and the listener Mary are necessary parts of our lives.  And I’ve known that Jesus was gently rebuking Martha for her choice at that time.

I realized recently that Martha was not just a victim, she was a manipulator.  She was trying to get Jesus to do her bidding.  He was (and is) the perfect Son of God, the Master and Creator, the Word incarnate.  Martha even calls Him “Lord”.  But then she tries to get Him to do her bidding, as if she was trying to get another measure of grain in the market.  Sure, she wasn’t trying to get Him to do something immoral – although attempting to change God to do your will might fall into that category.  But she had lost sight of the big picture, let His deity slide in favor of the table settings.

She set her sights too low, and was publicly (and permanently) rebuked.

“Martha, Martha . . .”

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