Posts Tagged ‘Sitting at Jesus’ feet’

Luke 10:38-42 A Tale of Two Sisters

Priorities reordered

Priorities reordered

Luke introduces us to two sisters today. At this point he doesn’t share with us that they also have a brother. His name is Lazarus. We join Jesus and His disciples as they come to the home of these friends of Jesus.

Luke tells us that the home is Martha’s home. I don’t know if he stated it this way because the story is primarily about Martha or if she was the owner or master of the home. From Luke’s story I believe we see that Jesus was a familiar guest in this home. I say this for a few reasons. First of all, Mary was comfortable enough in Jesus’ presence to join in with His disciples at His feet. This is NOT the normal place for a woman. Another reason I think Jesus was familiar with this family is that Martha went directly to Jesus to get Him to urge Mary back into her place in the kitchen. If He had been a new guest Martha might have had one of the servants or her brother deal with her sister instead. The last reason for my conclusion is Jesus’ address to Martha. When Jesus dined at other homes He did not set the agenda for the meals. He ate what was set before Him and followed the rules of guest etiquette. Here He tells Martha that she is making a big fuss where none is needed. Mary has chosen the important thing during this visit. Read more »