by Charles H. Spurgeon

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Martha and Mary - Part 2 (2 of 2)
Charles H. Spurgeon
Luke 10:41-42

I think I see the Man of Sorrows as He is traversing the highroad attended by His few friends and disciples. Where will He refresh Himself when the time is come to cease from toil and take food? Where is His house? Surely the great prophet has some place wherein to rest? Alas! He has none! ''Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay his head.'' However, what He has not of His own, that friends will afford Him. Martha, a disciple-not a full-grown one, but one who had begun to learn something of the truth-meets Him at the door of her house at the entrance to the village of Bethany, and she invites Him to come in. Jesus Christ, who had often accepted an invitation from an enemy, was glad to accept one from a friend. So He goes into the house with His friend Lazarus and sits down.

No sooner is He sat down with His disciples around Him than He falls to preaching. A sermon is none the worse for being preached in a private house. Martha and Mary stood listening to Him-stood, did I say? Mary sits down at His feet-and Martha, having listened for a little while, recollects that she had many family cares. The dinner must be gotten ready, so she betakes herself into her room and is very busy with her needful cookery. She wants a little extra help, and she comes back into the room and sees Mary sitting at Jesus' feet. Seeming rather irritable, Martha appeals to Jesus, ''Dost thou not care that my sister hath let me to serve alone?''-hoping that the Master would chide Mary. But He rather defends her and implies a gentle censure upon Martha when He says, ''Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.''

This little repartee must have surprised Martha. She did not expect it would come to her being reproved and Mary being commende ...

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