Sitting at Jesus’ Feet to Hear His Word

A print of Mary sitting on the ground next to Jesus' feet with Martha at a doorway holding a large bowl while looking at Jesus

“…as they went, He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came up to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

We find Jesus of Nazareth here traveling throughout the whole region, blessing and honoring the country villages with His divine presence and favor. He came as the human representative of the divine Triune Beings (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who “…was made flesh, and dwelt among us…,” the living demonstration of the eternal Word of God (John 1:14). Divine power had been given to Jesus as a man to heal the sick and raise the dead. At this time, He was traveling toward a particular village near Jerusalem called Bethany, where His good friends, Mary and Martha, and their brother Lazarus lived. Jesus’ disciples accompanied Him on this visit to Bethany as they participated in their Master’s most important activity—traveling from place to place to do good. Jesus was not going to Bethany looking for public approval or people to support Him. Nor did He go there just to relax. He went there to… click or tap here to continue reading

[Additional image credits: Featured image (when applicable) by Jan Steen from Netherlands Institute for Art History on Picryl (Public Domain Mark PDM); Opening image by Harold Copping from Wikimedia Commons on Picryl (Public Domain Mark PDM)]