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Martha had welcomed Jesus into her home in Bethany with her sister, Mary, and brother Lazarus. Hospitality abounded and Jesus freely spoke to them, no doubt, about the Kingdom of God. They all were eager to hear from the Master the words of truth. |
Being the older sister and "in charge", Martha was distracted, getting a meal together so they could all eat, and was unable to concentrate on what Jesus was saying. Jesus set her straight as to what was more important-to eat dinner, or eat the word of God! See the Contemplation "Eating The Word".
Meanwhile, Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus with her head turned up, facing Him directly. She could hear and eat the words of life Jesus formed with His lips.
In one respect I can relate to this personally. I struggle daily with a hearing loss, which left me without physical hearing in one ear, and a modicum of hearing with an aid, in the other. I hear and understand best when I face the speaker directly with his voice speaking toward my hearing ear. At the same time, I can "read" the speaker's lips forming the words not heard clearly.
Another example in Scripture for "Sitting at one's feet" explains a close intense personal teaching by a noted teacher with a student. The Apostle Paul described his learning to be a Jew:
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
Take away, oh Lord, those thoughts
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