52 To serve our Lord

Luke 10:38-42
Proverbs 3:1-12
T When we meet Jesus

 The dispatch of 70 disciples, and their return, and exchanges with the Sopher who had been sent from Jerusalem; probably, these inserts (10:1-37) were events of the Peraea district of the Jordan east bank. Jesus left the Peraea district after spent for several months, and His party went around Jewish towns and villages from place to place; and that article is very long until 19:27. Surely, Luke would want to value such days. A text of this morning, in the beginning, it is an event in next village Bethany of Jerusalem.

 "Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home." (38) "As they were traveling along", Luke seems to return a talk to the former situation of dispatching 70 disciples (8:1-3). There, 12 apostles and several women followed Jesus still, and their party arrived at Bethany. It is a house of three brothers, Martha, Mary and younger brother Lazarus. Because their father / Simon, he had been healed leprosy by Jesus, from the article of Matthew (26:6), but Simon seemed to have already died, therefore when Jesus went to Jerusalem, it was usual to stay at their house. There are many articles of these three brothers, in the New Testament (particularly at the Gospel of John); but here, Luke gives only the name of Martha and Mary without the name of that village (Bethany) and the name of Simon and Lazarus, for some reason. I want to investigate that consciousness of Luke. "And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening to the Lord's word, seated at His feet. 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.'" (39-40) The guest of honor Jesus and 12 apostles attended there. Heartfelt many dishes were taken out, and that scenery of the meal was natural. Probably, the women of their party would help with Martha working busily. However, younger sister Mary sits at the step of Jesus and hears a story. Would Martha who was the hostess of this house hesitate to let visitors help? She has got angry at Mary who does nothing.


U Only a few things be necessary

 She did not hit the dissatisfaction on Mary directly and said to Jesus. "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." Does not Martha seem to depend on father at all? Possibly she might be jealous of Mary sitting down near Jesus.

 To such Martha, Jesus said. "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her." (42) "To hear the words of God"; it is the only one thing that we can hear from here. Of course, we should hear it. However, the leading role whom Luke chose here is Martha, not Mary. There may be the message which Luke wants to convey on other point.

 It seems to be necessary to think about Martha once again, here. She took charge of the work of the kitchen and worked busily and was hurt. Even if it was jealousy to Mary, or was the hesitation to women who helped her, Martha accused it to Jesus "Please tell her to help the work of the kitchen.". How was the result? Would hope of Martha be taken? No, Martha had to hear the divine message of Jesus, "but only a few things are necessary, really only one". And this is the center of this point. In order to pull out this center, Luke made Martha the leading role and compiled this article.


V To serve our Lord

 However, it is not touched about the contents of "a few things of necessary" at all, at here. And, it is written nothing about the message that Mary heard. Probably, Luke did not have at all will to write it here, and would intend to keep it as "only a few things are necessary, really only one" from a beginning. Please remember that I said it in the beginning this morning; now Luke is talking about the patrol of towns villages among Chapter 19 from Chapter 11. And I said that Luke would have wanted to value those days. It was revisit to the people that Jesus has ever visited (secret disciples?), I think. Surely, this would be the last visitation, then He wanted to tell something to them by all means; I think so. There is "Paternoster" in Chapter 11, and a part of Sermon on the Mount, (the preach of plains?), is talked in Chapter 12; but, it would not be what Luke inserted here, and it would be that Jesus really talked to the people who heard it once again. "Teaching the disciples"; it seems that Luke collected such concrete thing after Chapter 11. It was the major object of this patrol. Jesus wishes that they become the main member of the church which will be established before long. It was the same purpose that 70 disciples were sent to towns and villages at the beginning of Chapter 10.

 I think that the text of this morning is equivalent to that prologue.
  "But only a few things are necessary, realy only one"; however, this text is not only the opening messages of Chapter 11, but it seems the message of Luke which he wanted to tell only here. I wish to hear it.

 It is because this text makes Martha the leading role. She stood in the kitchen to serve Jesus. Surely at that point, only joy would influence to a heart of Martha. It would be the joy that she could serve her Lord. To talk a message for a church, to distribute even one paper for a church, to clean up a church for worship and to work as an accompanist for worship, etc.; there are many works to serve our Lord. However, we want to learn that she took good charge standing in the kitchen with pleasure, and only Malta had it. To serve the Lord, it is the work entrusted each us with, and it is not asked what "that work" is. Of course, it is not ranked up big things or small things. To hear the message, it is also the same thing "to serve the Lord". However, Marth would think "I want to sit down near Jesus and hear His story, too!" than working in a kitchen. However at that point, joy was lost from her, and dissatisfaction began to blow instead. She had to learn, to work in a kitchen, it was "to serve the Lord". As for it, we are the same, too. It is not us to select "the work", but Lord decides it. We are only questioned whether we are going to meet the trust of the Lord. It is the same thing, to serve Jesus or to hear Jesus; and it is a center message of Luke here. Probably, such a misunderstanding would begin to occur at then church. "To serve the Lord" with pleasure; the message, "I hear it from the Lord, and to perform the thing that I heard", to the first generation church is loaded there. Now, how will we be going to hear this?