Daily Thought for: 21st October

MARY OF BETHANY (1)

Luke 10. 38-42; John 11. 18-32

The home at Bethany was a place that was to become very dear to the Lord, a place where He resorted in those nights before He moved on to the cross. The hospitality of ‘his own’ was precious to Him, because ‘Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus’, John 11. 5. 

Mary sat at His feet to hear His word. It is noticeable that Mary is often seen in the Gospel records at the feet of the Lord Jesus. When Martha was cumbered with much serving, Mary took the lowly place at His feet, and the Lord provided her with spiritual food. How important it is sit at His feet and learn of Him! Those were the beautiful feet that ‘bringeth good tidings’, Isa. 52. 7, that trod the dusty lanes of Judaea and Galilee, that were pierced, Ps. 22. 16, and will ‘stand in that day upon the mount of Olives’, at His return, Zech. 14. 4. The Bride in the Song of Soloman sat under His shadow with great delight, ‘and his fruit was sweet to my taste’, S. of S. 2. 3. Mary chose to place herself at the feet of the Saviour and the Lord says, ‘Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her’, v. 42. Quiet communion and contemplation are so vital to our spiritual well-being. This is the art that is so difficult for us to cultivate, and to practice in a busy modern world. 

Mary fell at His feet when she saw Him. Lazarus had been dead four days; Mary had sent the message to the Lord, but now she thought it was too late. Martha went to meet Him, and we may wonder why Mary sat in the house, but she was quick to respond when she heard that, ‘the Master is come and calleth for thee’, John 11. 28. Mary again takes up a position at His feet; she fell at His feet when she saw Him, and poured out her heart and wept. The compassionate Saviour saw her weeping and was moved in spirit toward the whole situation. 

He is the same today, ever ‘touched with the feeling of our infirmities’, Heb. 4. 15. Like Mary, we need to be found at His feet more often; we need to sit at His feet to receive sustenance, and to fall at His feet to receive succour. 

 

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