by Ivor Powell

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The Home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus: To Share His Serenity (23 of 34)
Series: Bible Oases: Spiritual Refreshment From Unlikely Places
Ivor Powell
Luke 10:38

It has often been claimed that comparisons are odious, and therefore it might be dangerous to compare homes mentioned in the New Testament. Houses are as different in design as people are in temperament. Nevertheless, it is probable that of all the dwellings in Palestine, Jesus preferred most the one owned by Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. It was like an oasis in what could easily have been a desert! As often as possible Jesus stayed with His friends. He was their favorite guest.

Certain details about that beloved family are extremely interesting. The Bible never mentions anything spoken by the only man in the house. Lazarus was a man of few words. Perhaps all the talking was done by his sisters! Nothing is said about him except that his illness terminated in death and resurrection, and that certain people feared his restoration to life would increase the popularity of the Savior. The story of his experiences remains unknown; his deeds were never recorded for posterity.

It seems strange that little is recorded of Mary's testimony except that she anointed the Lord with her very expensive ointment. Apparently she preferred to listen to Jesus rather than to spend time with other people. Two important things were said of her: (1) she sat at His feet (see Luke 10:39), and (2) she anointed the Lord with her ointment (see John 12:3). The Bethany family is mentioned three times in the Scriptures, and together the references provide an interesting study.

Fellowship Sought (Luke 10:38)

"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word." It was Martha who first invited Jesus into her home; who complained, cleaned, and cooked. That del ...

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