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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: See (07/22/10)

TITLE: The Evening Meal
By W. Yvonne Birnell


John opens the back door and sees Sarah standing there, “Sarah, would you please get Daniel and come in. Mom is setting the table for the evening meal.”

Sarah nods yes and heads off.

Now with heads bowed around the table, John says, “Father we thank-you for this bounty, which we are about to receive. Amen.”

Then Martha announces, “Daniel, your dad and I agreed that you may choose our food. What are you hungry for tonight?”

Daniel thought for just a moment, “I am really hungry to know why Jesus wept. I only saw it one time and I couldn’t understand. May I have some understanding about these words”

John then says, “Ok, that sounds like a good thing to chew on. Let’s all turn to John 11, open our ears and see what the Lord has supplied for us tonight. Shall we start in verse 20.” John starts reading:

Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died, but even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you,”

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?:

She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that. You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”

All of a sudden Sarah interrupts the reading and speaks out, “That’s a lie, dad. Martha just told her sister a lie.”

Daniel then says, “What do you mean? She told her sister the Teacher had come and was calling for her.”

“Yes, but only part of that was true.” Sarah replies, “See Jesus had come, but He never told Martha to go call Mary and see here“, she says pointing, “She went secretly to her sister.”

Now mom joins the conversation, “Ok, why would she do that to her sister? What could motivate her to do what she did?”

Daniel and Sarah looked at each other for a few minutes and then John speaks up, “Daniel, how well do you know your sister? Do you know her well enough to get her to embarrass herself?”

"Sure dad,” says Daniel, “like the other day I told her mom wanted her. She came in the house and asked mom what she wanted. Mom just started handing her grocery sacks. I stood outside and laughed at both of them.”

“Well, my son, there is your answer to why Jesus wept,” John explained, “You see Jesus was very tenderhearted and did not like to see anyone suffer. Martha, also knew, how Mary would react. She wanted to embarrass both of them. Do you remember, when we read, Luke 10, how Martha, got upset with Jesus, when she was busy trying to make a meal for everyone and Mary wouldn’t get up to help her? How she accused Jesus of not caring about her.”

Daniel hung his head and said, “ Yes, dad now I can see why Jesus wept. Sarah, mom, I want to apologize to you both. I was wrong to play that trick on you and I would like to admit I got jealous of your relationship because you two spend so much time together.”

Mom and Sarah got up from there chairs and both gave Daniel a big hug. Sarah told him, “That’s ok bro. I get jealous of you and dad sometimes too.”

Mom then spoke up, “We’ll I see we all got a good helping of knowledge tonight.”

John rose from his seat and joined the rest of his family. As they all hugged, John ended the meal by giving thanks, “Thank-you Lord for feeding us a wonderful meal this evening, for opening the eyes of our understanding and letting us see how much jealousy can hurt us and others.”

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/10
You did a great job with the Bible story. I had never seen it explained quite like this and it opened my eyes. The dialogue from the family seemed like a scene from an old black and white TV show. But I really like the idea that families sit down and talk about the Bible. It's definitely a great way to spend the dinner hour.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/31/10
Just another quick note when you quote the Bible make sure you include what version you are using. In my NIV Bible it doesn't use the word secretly.(just wanted to show how different translations can vary.

I still like the fact that you gave me a different way to look at the story. It's amazing how God can help me see what I need to know just like He is talking to me alone.
Phee Paradise 08/04/10
Your description of the conversation at the meal was well done, although it confused me at first, since they weren't eating physical food. In a few places you jumped from present tense to past tense, so maybe you can watch for that in the future. You made your point clear, although I'm not sure I agree with your interpretation.