Sunday: 21st July, 2019
Reference text: Luke 10:38-42
Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
If there is one statement of consolation that I have heard countless times following the death of a loved one, it is this: ‘God has given, and God has taken’
We use it so many times and so freely that we even may not have paid attention it’s place in the scriptures, the first chapter of Job. So as one writer puts it, ‘that statement is pastorally devastating’.
It presents God first as the giver, and then the taker, the latter being the role Martha invited Jesus to fill in the Gospel, by stripping Mary of her choice to sit at His feet. To this request Jesus responded “she has made the better choice and it won’t be taken away from her’.
Job made his statement oblivious of the conversation preceding the events he faced, but for all intents and purposes, Jesus showed God off not as a taker, but as a GIVER. One so much into giving that He even gave His only son.