Bible Study: At His Feet

Enraptured by Jesus is the best state to be in.

Some things in this world are known to be dazzling, like diamonds or fireworks, but nothing’s as mesmerizing or glorious as the face of Jesus. An old hymn says when we look into that wonderful visage, “the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.” Surely we’re to enjoy creation and all God provides for our pleasure and needs. But keeping our eyes on the Lord helps set life in order.

 

READ

Luke 10:38-42

 

BACKGROUND

Jesus visited people in homes throughout Israel, preaching God’s Word wherever He went.

 

REFLECT

The Lord values relationships. He wants you to enjoy spending one-on-one time with Him.

  • When Jesus arrived in the village, Martha “welcomed Him into her home” (Luke 10:38). This story takes place in a domestic environment, but hospitality is something you can practice anywhere. It means being attentive to people’s needs and working toward their comfort. How could you develop your skills in being welcoming to others, wherever you are?

  • Martha became “distracted with all her preparations” (Luke 10:40). The Greek verb used here means “to draw away.” Good intentions, even toward the Lord, can become counterproductive and defeating if not kept in balance. Have you ever become so involved in what you wanted to do for someone that you got “drawn away” from the person you meant to help? Explain how this can affect relationships.

  • Her sister, Mary, was “seated at the Lord’s feet, and was listening to His word” (Luke 10:39). God’s very nature is to love us, and we exist to love Him in return. That can mean many things. What do you imagine Mary’s motivation was in this verse?

  • John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us; and we saw His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” How does each phrase help explain Mary’s choice? In what ways does the verse relate to your own experience of Jesus?

 

REFLECT

It’s wonderful to be with someone you love.

Good intentions, even toward the Lord, can become counterproductive and defeating if not kept in balance.

  • Martha felt upset to be serving all the food herself. So she complained to Jesus about her sister, who was with Him (Luke 10:40). What does the scene tell you about the connection between obsession and frustration on the one hand, and worship and peace on the other?

  • The Lord tells Martha she is “worried and distracted by many things; but only one thing is necessary” (Luke 10:41-42). Since the Greek word oligōn actually means “few, a little,” another reading might be that Martha was attempting too much, when something simple would have sufficed. At times God isn’t looking for us to eliminate a pastime or interest but just wants us to reassess our attitude toward it. Are there areas of your life that you could simplify to give more time to your relationship with Him?

  • Jesus explains “Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). What exactly was Martha missing out on? Have you ever felt as if someone, or something, was taking the good part away from you? Consider how you might let Jesus help you resolve such conflicts.

 

REFLECT

The true joy of abiding love can make us feel as though we need nothing else.

  • Jesus says Mary chose henos, roughly indicating “one thing.” Eventually, of course, she would need other things such as the food Martha was preparing, but the Lord is delighted when we choose the eternal treasures He has to offer. He wants us to have our fill of Him before anything else.

 

God’s very nature is to love us, and we exist to love Him in return.

 

GOING FURTHER

Consider how this study applies to your life.

There is truly nothing in heaven or on earth that is more beautiful than the Lord. In Psalm 27:4, King David wrote, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple.” This “one thing” David asked for prefigures the “one part” Mary chose in Luke’s story. And it gives us encouragement that we, too, can gaze upon the beauty of the Lord—even though He isn’t here in body, as He was for Mary.

  • What does the phrase “behold the beauty of the Lord” mean for you? Describe some of the ways this happens and the joy you feel when it does.

  • David’s request indicates the same desire Mary showed: to be with God and to gaze upon His glory, above all else. What place does that hold in your heart? How about in your daily life? This desire will never be fully realized till heaven, but you can ask the Lord to help you enjoy more of Him here.

  • We usually love to be with someone who loves us. Do you find yourself avoiding time with God? If so, remember that you are His loved child. And then assess whether any ongoing sin might be blocking your fellowship.

  • The perfection of Jesus is supernatural and completely dazzling. Belonging to Him means you can gaze upon His glory any time and all the time. And that’s an experience truly not to be missed.

 

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38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.

39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word.

40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."

41 But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;

42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me."

39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's feet, listening to His word.

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

41 But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things;

42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

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