This past Sunday, my pastor was continuing on his sermon series from the 1st chapter of the Gospel of Mark. The message was about the authority of Jesus, and read from the chapter this part,
And they went into Capernaum; and straightway on the sabbath day he entered into the synagogue, and taught. And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes. Mark 1:21,22
I can’t say how many times I have read these verses, but never had i t hit me quite the way Pastor mentioned when he said, Jesus is author of Scripture, so of course He had a higher authority than those o f the scribes or rabbis who taught from i t.
It’s a pitiful comparison, but there was a meme Daisy posted a few weeks ago, some foolish person on twitter who had compared Covid 19 to the plague from Stephen King’s novel, the Stand. Stephen King replied that it’s totally different than Covid, and to not panic. The guy came back and basically said, “how would you know? Have you even read the **** book?!”
I guess the author knows a little more than mere readers, as those who have read King’s book found much humor in that silly tweet. I know I laughed out loud.
But seriously, Jesus is the author of life, of creation, of Scripture (yes men wrote the books, but it i s God breathed, Holy Spirit inspired), so Jesus would be teaching from His own Word, with all authority.
Which brings me to Mary and Martha, whom we find in Luke 10:38-42
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.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came 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 that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
How often have I wanted to be like Mary to just sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him teach, but too often I find myself tied up with chores, work and demands of every day life. Yes, Martha was serving the Lord which is good, but sometimes I think Jesus would prefer us to be still and listen for a while, because ‘doing’ can become more of a chore, than service, and distract us from what He is trying to teach us.
I also catch myself too often of complaining about all the ‘duties’ and distractions, and no, they can’t be helped. But complaining does nothing but cause discontent and distraction from spending time quietly as we work, still listening for His voice.
It’s hard to be a Mary in a Martha world, but I love thinking about the f act that all believers some day will have eternity to sit at our Author’s feet and listen. And there we will hear the familiar story He has written from before time, and be amazed at each special detail in which He wove into it.
Have a blessed day all.