Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 6
2 Samuel 6:21,22
And David said unto Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel: therefore will I play before the Lord.22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honor.
Doing the right thing often looks like the wrong thing, the socially inept thing, the politically incorrect thing. More vile—being mocked for righteousness sake should embolden us to go for more!
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.39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.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.41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Cumbered—distracted. Careful—inward worry. Many things—elaborate preparation. One thing—physical: we don’t need all this; spiritual: worship and listening to Christ.
--Some use this as difference between contemplative and active worship. Not the point. It has more to do with single-mindedness and double-mindedness.
--Mary is falsely accused by her sister who views her as lazy, even though all her activity wasn’t necessary.
John 12:1-8—John 11 Jesus raised Lazarus
Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
Three hundred pence—About $50. He cared not—a judgment of Judas’s heart and character. Poor always—loose quote of Deuteronomy 15:11.
--Mary falsely accused by disciples Mark 14:4—there were some who had indignation within themselves. Primarily by Judas.
Mary doesn’t stop, nor does she defend herself, lets Jesus explain her actions, and He always defends her. Do we have this sort of connection, where we don’t even need to defend ourselves?
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.14 And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him.15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Jesus picked on their main sin, they respond by judging Him! Deride—to turn up the nose, sneer and scoff at. Pride justifies itself and will feed covetousness. Esteem—exalted in influence and honor.
Isaiah 53:7—Jesus is our great example
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
Matthew 26:63—Jesus held his peace before the high priest
Matthew 27:12—He answered nothing
Matthew 27:14—to Pilate, he answered him to never a word
1 Peter 2:20-23
For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
God will set things right, your reward may be in heaven, but leave it in His hands. Context is directly talking about work!