Tuesday

Distracted From Life

Mary and Martha, Luke 10:38-42, sitting at Jesus feet
“Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made” Luke 10:40

In the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42), Martha is so busy preparing a meal for Jesus that she doesn’t have time to visit with Him!

I sometimes fall into this ‘Martha trap.’ When doing housework, helping my husband or preparing for guests. Even when I’m writing a devotion for Bible Love Notes, I can focus on writing something interesting and concise instead of carefully listening to what God is saying in the Bible passage. Perhaps you, my reader, are aware when Martha writes the devotion instead of Mary.

Or there are those times when I make a decision and realize afterward that I never prayed about it! 

If you also have this problem from time to time, would you pray with me: Dear Lord, remind me to sit at Your feet daily.
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011 
On Tuesdays I publish a devotion from the 2011 archives. If you'd like a "double shot" of Scripture in your coffee today, read Even When We Can't See the Good.
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    Monday

    Living Dead Sea Scrolls

    Dead Sea Scrolls, God sustains His Word, God's Word verified by Dead Sea Scrolls
    A young Bedouin shepherd throws a rock into a cave, hears breaking pottery, and discovers some of the most significant ancient documents ever found.

    The time: March 1947
    The place: Qumran area on northwestern shore of Dead Sea

    This true story is a wonderful example of how God has preserved His Word throughout history.

    In these and nearby caves, they found older copies of Old and New Testament books than had ever been discovered before. Where else could these ancient scrolls have survived for 1900 years!

    But that's not the most amazing part: when authorities compared these scrolls with scrolls previously discovered, there were only slight variations "attributed to slips of the pen and spelling variations." The contents were otherwise identical.

    Think about it: thousands of years, hundreds of scribes writing by hand, and the Bible remains the same. That's nothing short of supernatural.

    Sources: The Everything History of the Bible, Jeff Donley, Ph.D, copyright 2006, F&W Publications; 
    The Dead Seas Scrolls 

    If you'd like to read a few more interesting facts about these scrolls, see Bite Size Bible Study.

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