Going Deeper in "10 Commandments for Eating Ice Cream"
Luke 10: 38-42
38 As they went on their way, they came to a town where a woman named Martha lived. She cared for Jesus in her home. 39 Martha had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to all He said. 40 Martha was working hard getting the supper ready. She came to Jesus and said, “Do You see that my sister is not helping me? Tell her to help me.” 41 Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 Only a few things are important, even just one. Mary has chosen the good thing. It will not be taken away from her.”
Read the following a few times:
Martha has extended hospitality and is in line for the blessings that go to those who receive Jesus or his disciples while Mary is breaking all the rules by sitting at Jesus’ feet. Jesus is not saying that a simple meal is all that is needed, but that listening and responding to him is the single most critical thing in all of life.
Reflect on the following:
1. What kind of temperament do you have: task oriented, organized, relational, or flexible?
2. Martha is like thorny soil in which the fruit is choked by life’s worries. How does worry choke and distract us from God?
3. Why do some people have a hard time slowing down in life? What price do they pay for always running around?
4. What did Martha do well in these verses? What lesson did Jesus want her to learn?
5. What did Mary do well in these verses? Why does Jesus praise her? Do you think it was hard for her to just sit there?
6. Today, at social gatherings, is it wrong to be separate guests into men and women? What about at church?
7. Have you thought about Mary as a radical rule breaker? When have you broken a rule that you felt was wrong?
8. Why is it liberating to know that the only thing the Lord says we “must” do each day is spend time with him?
9. What is the one thing that will never be taken away from someone (v 38–42)?
10. Why do Jesus’ disciples, as they begin to be included in the work Jesus has come to do, need to remember this?
11. What do you think of the 10 Commandments of Ice Cream Eating list? What might you add or remove from the list?
Respond in one of the following ways:
1. Does your daily routine show that you agree with Jesus that “only one” thing is truly necessary each day, and what that thing is; or does it suggest that you don’t believe him?