Jesus once said of Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus:
“Where this Gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (Matthew 26:13)
What is it that Mary did to bring forth such a lofty commendation from the King of Kings? Let’s explore the premise in scripture.
□ Read Luke 10:38-42. After you finish the passage, answer the following questions:
(1) What does Mary do that her sister does not?
(2) What does Martha do instead?
(3) What is Jesus’ evaluation of the two different acts?
□ Read John 11:28-32. This is the record of Mary’s meeting Jesus shortly after the death of her brother Lazarus.
(1) What does Mary say to Jesus in v.32?
(2) What is Jesus’ command to Lazarus as he lies in the tomb?
(3) How do you see Mary “at the feet of Jesus in this passage?
□ Read 1 Corinthians 15:51-52.
(1) What is the promise we have concerning Jesus’ actions towards us one day in the future?
(2) How is this similar to Lazarus’ story?
□ Read John 12:1; Matthew 26:6-13.
(1) How do we see Mary at the “feet of Jesus” in this scenario?
(2) In vv.8-9 of Matthew 26, how do the disciples describe Mary’s act of worship?
(3) What is Jesus’ response to the accusation?
□ Re-read Matthew 26:13.
(1) What seems to be the benefit of “sitting at the feet of Jesus”?
(2) Compare v.13 with Hebrews 10:19-22.