The God and His Family Series consists of 16 episodes. In the New Testament, one of the most common descriptions of God and his people is that of a family. This series is designed to talk about that relationship in detail.
Jesus introduced the concept that God is three spirits in one – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. From that terminology, God is a family.
Jesus and the New Testament writers often use family terms to describe the relationship between God and his people. They draw on relationships such as: father, children, sons and daughters, and adopted sons and daughters. These relationships not only imbue privileges, but also confer responsibilities.
It’s hard to see in English but Jesus sometimes refers to God as his Father and sometimes as “Daddy.” Part of the Good News of Jesus is that God can also be our Father and Daddy.
Martha has a unique distinction in the Bible. She is the only person described as being distracted! Luke 10:40 says, “But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.” The preparations had to be made, so they were important. But the nature of the sentence implies that something more important was available to Martha.
This story starts in Luke 10:38 with Jesus and his disciples on their way to an unspecified location, but most likely to Jerusalem. They came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. In later verses the village will be identified as Bethany, a village located a few miles east of Jerusalem. Later verses will also lead to the likelihood that the house is owned by Martha, her sister Mary, and her brother Lazarus.
The following verse, Luke 10:39, says that Mary sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he had to say. The social implication is not obvious to Americans.