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Martha and Mary Part 1

Please join me in a Bible study of Luke 10:38-42

Start by reading the passage in your Bible and perhaps in more than one version.


Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

-Luke 10:38-42  NKJVMartha and Mary (1)Now let’s focus in on verse 40

The NKJV says Martha was distracted. Distracted is a word in common use today but it is not very specific.

Reading the verse in other versions may be helpful in getting a clearer picture.

The best way to dig a little further is to find the original Greek word used in this verse.

Step one is to go to the KJV where we find the word used is cumbered

Here are verses 40-42 in the KJV

40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.


You can do some quick and easy research here at Blue Letter Bible

The first thing you find is the number in Strong’s which leads to the Greek word. Click on the number and you should find yourself  HERE

Strong’s  4049

Greek word  – perispaō

verb

Cumber: lit., “to draw around” (peri), “draw away, distract,” is used in the Passive Voice in the sense of being over-occupied about a thing, to be “cumbered,”

Interesting that this word is only used once. We don’t have any other verses with the same word to compare with Luke 10:40. However, there is one instance of a similar word used in Luke 13:7. See this in the Blue Letter Bible Follow the Strong’s number 2673 to the Greek word

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Read what John Wesley wrote about this portion of scripture

verse 40 – Martha was encumbered – The Greek word properly signifies to be drawn different ways at the same time, and admirably expresses the situation of a mind, surrounded (as Martha’s then was) with so many objects of care, that it hardly knows which to attend to first.

verse 41 – Martha, Martha – There is a peculiar spirit and tenderness in the repetition of the word: thou art careful, inwardly, and hurried, outwardly.

from John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes


from Matthew Henry’s Commentary

  • She was cumbered about it; periespato-she was just distracted with it. Note, Whatever cares the providence of God casts upon us we must not be cumbered with them, nor be disquieted and perplexed by them. Care is good and duty; but cumber is sin and folly.
  • She was then cumbered about much serving when she should have been with her sister, sitting at Christ’s feet to hear his word. Note, Worldly business is then a snare to us when it hinders us from serving God and getting good to our souls.



It seems clear from only a quick study of verse 40 that Martha was not simply concerned about cooking a meal for her guests that day. She was overwhelmed by a number of cares and worries perhaps every day. Seeing her sister sitting at the feet of Jesus instead of joining her in the meal preparation was the tipping point for Martha. She became so upset that she went to Jesus about it. Her question to Jesus clearly revealed her anxious state of mind. Without realizing it, she had done the best thing she could have possibly done in her situation. Anxious, stressed and overwhelmed? Call on Jesus!

Jesus answered Martha by first explaining her true state of mind. He described her as worried and troubled by many things. This revealed the truth of a deeper problem that Martha may not have even realized herself.  What Jesus said to Martha removes all possibility that Martha’s irritation that day was simply a little stress caused by the desire to serve a nice meal.

We do not know what all the cares, troubles and worries were that surrounded Martha. Daily responsibilities and financial concerns connected to maintaining her home may have contributed to the load she carried. These alone could have been heavy on her mind.

We may not be able to determine the many things that distracted Martha on that particular day but we can definitely know where her focus should have been.

  • Martha was distracted from  ____________.
  • What exactly bothered Martha about Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus?

To be continued…

Meanwhile please research Luke 10:38-42 yourself and then come back and share your discoveries in the comments below? Love to know your thoughts!

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Abiding in Christ
Welcome to the conclusion of the series on worry. I hope you were able to spend some time in John 15. This is the portion of scripture where Jesus explains a critical aspect of our relationship with Him. Here we find our key to victory over worry and so much more. Not striving but abiding, not trying but trusting, not you but Him. If you would like to spend time in a deeper study of the word, Abide, a good place to start would be this LINK at Bible Hub.

” Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”   -John 15:4,5   NKJV

Reading these verses in several different translations is very helpful. Below is the Holman Christian Standard which uses the word remain instead of abide.

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We are to be attached to Jesus as the branch is connected to the vine. The vine is everything to the branch.

Abide, remain, and stay are all good, but I particularly love the word that Corrie ten Boom choose. She used the word nestle.


purple-grapes-553462_640  Remember when Jesus told the parable of the vine and the branches in John 15? He said the secret to abundant living is in staying attached to the vine. An unattached vine has something to fear. Not only can it not produce fruit, but it will be burned in the fire. But an attached branch has no fears. All it has to do is nestle close to the vine, and the vine does all the work, sending its sap through the branch and producing luscious grapes. It is not the branch that produces the grapes, it is the vine.    ~ Corrie ten Boom


So when worry comes, refuse to be carried away. Instead, immediately call on Jesus. Devote your energy and time to focus all the more on Him. Not your ability but His power. Victory is in Christ Jesus.

Corrie ten Boom sometimes quoted the following lines from a poem. The author is unknown.

Cowardly, wayward, and weak,
I change with the changing sky,
Today so eager and strong,
Tomorrow not caring to try.
But He never gives in,
And we two shall win,  Jesus and I.

Corrie ten Boom said “Prayer is the sturdy answer to worry. I urge you to find a place where you can be alone with the Lord. Let it be your own little private prayer chapel.” Corrie wrote much about the topic of worry and fear because it is such a common problem for many believers. A number of her books have chapters devoted to the subject. She wrote one book entirely about gaining freedom from worry, fear, tension, and anxiety. The title of the book is DON’T WRESTLE, JUST NESTLE.


How do you respond to worries and fear?

I have a little practical method that I’ll share with you now.  When I find myself beginning to feel stressed, or anxious …  I stop and pray.

  • Stop whatever I am doing at that moment
  • Start talking to the Lord
  • Ask Him to take over and handle it completely
  • Surrender to His control
  • Expect to have the worry replaced with peace and calm from Jesus
  • Thank Him
  • Repeat as often as needed

How do you respond to worries and fear_

Do you have a plan? Do you have certain scriptures ready for these times?

Please share in the comments below.

I am praying that each person reading this little series will nestle in close to Jesus.

Has this series been a help to you? Do you know someone that you should share this with?  Don’t forget to share your worry plan in the comments. I love to hear from you ♥

 

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Today we are going to find out how Corrie ten Boom approached the subject of worry.
I hope you have been following along in this series. If not, you might want to go back and read the earlier parts before reading Part 3 of Worry.
Corrie ten Boom said “If you are worrying, you are being disobedient. I had to understand that before I could stop doing it. First, I tried in my own strength – positive thinking, not fretting anymore.”
Have you tried this method to stop worry? I know I have and without any lasting victory. Let’s go back to Corrie and see what happened.

“That approach was about as successful as attacking a lion with a toy pistol! Only the Lord can set you free through the Holy Spirit. Ask for forgiveness. Be cleansed by the blood of the Lord Jesus and be filled by the Spirit…”  ~ Corrie

So, we need to let the Holy Spirit take control. This is the part where we become empowered to live free from worry. This is the life of abiding. Let’s see how Corrie explains this.

  “The Lord Jesus gives a clear comparison in John 15. We are the branches, Jesus is the vine. Abiding – remaining – in Him is the secret. Jesus does the work of bearing fruit – Jesus, who bore our sins on the cross, Jesus, who is alive and whose Spirit lives in us; Jesus, the conqueror who makes us more than conquerors. I am weak; the devil is strong, but Jesus is much stronger than the devil. Therefore, Jesus and I together are much stronger than the devil, much stronger than the demon of worry.         Through faith you have become a child of God, you have been saved, and through faith you also achieve victory over worry, fear and other sins. Cast your burdens on the Lord. You do that when you pray. Yes, prayer is so important.” ~Corrie ten Boom   from the book – Reflections of God’s Glory

The words from the old hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” come to my mind.

O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer!


Please join me in prayerfully reading John 15 this week where Jesus tells us about abiding in Him.

Part 4 of the Worry Series will be about living the abiding life in Jesus. Be sure to follow the blog so you won’t miss anything. Please leave comments or questions below.

Bless you, as you walk every day with the King.

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