Luke 10:25-42

An expert came to test Jesus. Was he antagonistic or curious? Regardless, Jesus turns the question back on him. He answers well, and Jesus responds, “Do this and live.” Jesus is trying to do get him to understand that no-one can do this! Breaking the smallest law makes you guilty of it all:

James 2:10 “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.”

The man misunderstands what Jesus is getting at, but understands that there is a trap involved! He probably believes that you only have to be kind to fellow Jews, so he asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with a famous parable, and shows the man that everyone is his neighbor, and he should love them even if they aren’t Jews. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Mary and Martha teach an important but perhaps somewhat neglected lesson in parts of Christendom. We are often told that we should do good works. We need to work for God. That faith without works is dead! All of that is true. But if we only work, and neglect spending time with God in prayer, study, and worship, then we have not chosen the best part. When we chose the best part, it will prepare and empower us for the works that follow.

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