Go Deeper – Text Notes

“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”” (Luke 10:38–42, ESV)


As they were going along,… Ἐν δὲ τῷ πορεύεσθαι αὐτοὺς ·

Luke slips our story in right after telling us what Jesus taught about the man we call the Good Samaritan.[1] The implications regarding Martha and Mary are grand.

The Samaritan showed hospitality to the wounded man by taking him to an inn and making sure he was well taken care of by the inn keeper. Jesus ends the story by telling the religious law leader to do likewise.

After that, Luke tells us that the next thing happens. Jesus and his group are going along down the road just like the Samaritan in the previous story. And like the Samaritan, as we are “going along”[2] we are listening, watching, getting involved, and doing good—especially to wounded ones.

In fact, in what is called his ”Great Commission” we are going. In that going along we are encountering learners who want what we’ve got. (Matthew 28:19) Like these disciples entering Bethany we too are walking, being led, and going along with Jesus into learning and ministering.

Our lives are hidden. The works of God are hidden. Our performance ratings are hidden.[3] We are simply going along with him.

Some of us have a daily planner others do not. Both of us are simply going along whether we know it or not. The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord.[4] A person plans God directs.[5]

We are “going along.” The Holy Spirit is praying in tongues (if you will) and all things are working together for agathos-good.[6]

All things are hidden. We cannot know yet.[7] That which is good for knowing, measuring, and judging (self and others) distracts us from listening in the now.

[1] Luke 10:25-37

[2] Matthew 28:19 “Go” in Greek extends to “as you are going along” make disciples…

[3] “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Colossians 3:3; also 1 Corinthians 4:3-5)

[4] “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;” (Psalm 37:23, ESV)

[5] “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9, ESV)

[6] “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:26–28, ESV)

[7] “Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:5, ESV)