This story involves the same Mary and Martha we learned about in the Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead lesson. We learned in that story that Mary and Martha were good friends of Jesus, along with their brother Lazarus. He would stay at their house frequently as he was traveling around Jerusalem.
In this story, Mary and Martha were entertaining Jesus at their house. Martha was very busy serving Jesus, preparing the meal, cleaning, etc. Mary was sitting at Jesus' feet, listening to Jesus teach. We don't know if Jesus was just teaching Mary, or whether others were there.
But Martha became indignant at Mary that she wasn't helping out. You can imagine in your head Martha passing by the doorway to the living room on her way to get food supplies, taking the trash out, or taking the food to the dining room, each time getting more and more frustrated that she was doing all this work herself while her sister Mary was just sitting down in the living room with Jesus. Martha finally snapped: "Lord, my sister has left me to do the work by myself. Don’t you care? Tell her to help me!" (Luke 10:40).
But Jesus had a very important lesson for Martha. He told her that Mary had a choice. She could have gotten very busy with all the serving, preparing, and cleaning - just like Martha. Or she could have chosen to spend time with Jesus and learn from him. Jesus told Martha that Mary had made a good choice.
get your kids talking and engaged
Do you have chores at your house? What is your least favorite chore? What is your favorite chore?
Today, we're going to learn about time when a woman named Martha was serving Jesus in her house. But Jesus taught her that there was something more important than her chores!
teach a holistic story
Read story from a Children's storybook Bible for younger children.
For older children, read the story from an age-appropriate Children's storybook Bible or read directly from the Bible.
give them basic Bible skills
Scripture for Kids to Read Aloud: Luke 10:38-42
make sure they understand the story
hide God's Word in their heartLove the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your mind and with all your strength. Mark 12:30
As the students are following the recipe, read the Bible verses in a normal tone of voice.
After the students are done with the recipe, read the Comprehension Questions and see if they were able to concentrate on what you were saying
Feel free to give rewards to students who are able to answer questions correctly