80 Martha becomes frustrated with her sister’s behavior.

Luke 10:38–42

How near to Jerusalem was Martha’s house (Luke 10:38)?

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What circumstances might have led to the first contact the Jesus had with Martha (Luke 10:38)?

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What were Martha’s social connections (Luke 10:38)? How large was her house?

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Was Martha’s sister, Mary, younger or older (Luke 10:39)? Why?

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What motivated Mary to listen to Jesus’ teaching and not do something else (Luke 10:39)?

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How might Mary’s personality have differed from her sister (Luke 10:39)?

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How many people were gathered in Mary’s house (Luke 10:38–40)?

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Why was Martha so concerned about meal preparations (Luke 10:40)?

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What might Martha have thought of Mary (Luke 10:40)? Mary of Martha?

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Why did Martha think Jesus should intervene (Luke 10:40)?

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Why didn’t Jesus give more respect to Martha’s concerns (Luke 10:41–42)?

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In what ways do people prioritize what is urgent versus what is important (Luke 10:41–42)?

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As they journeyed, Jesus and his disciples came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her house.

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Luke 10:38 As they journeyed, Jesus and his disciples came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her house.
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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.

Mary, Martha’s sister, sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to him teach.

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Luke 10:39 Mary, Martha’s sister, sat at Jesus’ feet, listening to him teach.
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Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

Martha was frantic, trying to get everything ready for the evening meal. “Sir, don’t you care that my sister has left all the work for me to do alone? Tell her she should come help me.”

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Luke 10:40 Martha was frantic, trying to get everything ready for the evening meal. “Sir, don’t you care that my sister has left all the work for me to do alone? Tell her she should come help me.”
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Luke 10:40 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.

Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha. You are worried and frustrated over many trivialities, but only one thing is most important. Mary has chosen what is best—that which will never be taken from her.”

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Luke 10:41–42 Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha. You are worried and frustrated over so many trivialities, but only one thing is most important. Mary has chosen what is best—that which will never be taken from her.”
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Luke 10:41–42 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.