Bible Stories for Adults
Jesus Visits Mary and Martha
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Next Week - Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead (Luke 11:1-46)
Bible Words to Remember:
Do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it ... But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:29, 31
When Did This Story Take Place? (Luke 10:1-24)
At what point in Jesus' ministry does Luke place this story?
What date does John give for when Jesus began focusing His ministry in Judea?
John 7:1-11, 14
What specific date is given in John that is understood to have been after today's story?
How did Jesus show it was now time to reveal Himself in Judea as His disciples had suggested?
How effective were these missionaries?
Where Did This Story Take Place? (Luke 10:38)
What does Luke tell us about where this story took place?
What village does next week's lesson tell us this was?
Was this the Bethany on the east side of the Jordan where John baptized (John 1:28)?
Where did Jesus spend the night when He was in Jerusalem?
Jesus on the Mount (Luke 21:37-38)
What separated Jerusalem from Bethany that became an important place for Jesus?
How did Jesus spend His time during the last week of His life?
What happened to Jesus when He was praying on the Mount of Olives one evening?
Luke 22:39, 47, 54
What happened when Jesus visited the Mount of Olives for the last time?
Mary (Luke 10:39)
Who else does Jesus meet in Martha's home?
Where else do we see the worship-filled example of Mary?
Did this also take place in Martha's house?
Did everyone recognize and appreciate Mary's pouring out of love for Jesus?
How did Jesus feel about Mary pouring out this bottle of expensive perfume?
Did Judas like Jesus' explanation and reasoning?
Where do we always find Mary in the three times she appears in the Bible?
Martha (John 11:17-30)
What does the story tell us about Martha?
How might this hospitality have been especially appreciated by Jesus?
How did Jesus feel about Martha and her family?
How did Martha feel about Jesus?
John 11:17-20, 30
Did Martha recognize that Jesus was from God?
Did she recognize who Jesus really was?
How did Martha have one last chance to show her love for Jesus before His death?
Martha's Response to Mary (Luke 10:40-42)
How did Martha feel about Mary neglecting the call to serve Jesus and His disciples?
Why wasn't Martha able to recognize the value of what Mary was doing?
What details should Martha be concerned about at this time?
Worship or Serve? (Luke 4:8)
Does this mean that God wants His faithful to live their lives worshipping instead of serving?
So which should we do, worship or serve?
Charles Wesley wrote in one of his hymns:
Faithful to my Lord's commands,
I still would choose the better part;
Serve with careful Martha's hands,
And loving Mary's heart.
How do we know when and how to worship and to serve?
How Should We Serve? (1 Peter 2:12)
Don't we automatically put God first when we serve Him?
Will selfish motives prevent God from being glorified?
What is the risk of keeping ourselves very busy in service?
What should be our purpose in serving?
1 Peter 2:12
Martha's Problem (Luke 12:22-34)
How was Martha's problem with priorities made more difficult?
But didn't Martha have to make sure Jesus had something to eat?
But we have bills to pay and retirement to save for and jobs to worry about and ...
But what about our clothes? If we don't worry about them, we'll be naked and catch cold!
But we need to eat! We'll die if we don't have something to eat or drink!
Now we need to worry about seeking His kingdom! How do we do that?
So what should we do when we have worries, be proactive and solve them ourselves?
Saul - The "Do It Yourself" Leader (1 Samuel 13:1-14)
What were Samuel's final instructions to Saul after he anointed him as king over Israel?
1 Samuel 10:1, 8
What happened when Saul went to Gilgal as instructed?
1 Samuel 13:3-7
What did Saul do when he began worrying about his situation?
1 Samuel 13:8-9
Saul had done the right thing by turning to the Lord, right?
1 Samuel 13:10-13
How did God punish Saul for this misguided solution to worry?
1 Samuel 13:14
What should we remember whenever we try to take matters into our own hands?
From Warren Wiersbe:
Unless we meet Christ personally and privately each day, we will soon end up like Martha: busy but not blessed. Often in my pastoral ministry, I have asked people with serious problems, "Tell me about your devotional life." The usual response has been an embarrassed look, a bowed head, and the quiet confession, "I stopped reading my Bible and praying a long time ago." And they wondered why they had problems!
Copyright © 1998 by Kurt Rosenhagen
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