Lukefs mathematical expression. 3~A+B=12
The Gospel of Luke chapter 10 had this very story.
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village, and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word.
40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said,
" Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.
42 "But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
This is a very short story and seems easy to understand for us. But I paid attention to his words and found some strange points.
First of all, who welcomed Jesus into her house is Martha, although He neglected her and had a long talk with Mary.
For His behavior, Martha complained to Him and asked for help from her sister Mary. It is natural. But Jesus answered and said,
"You are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
He complimented Mary and reproved Martha. Eventually, this story threw me into a little confusion. Therefore I want a reason why Martha welcomed Him into her house.
So, I examined where and when this story happened. The place was Bethany where near Jerusalem. The time was just before He ascended the city in His last.
Luke said in his Gospel chapter 13-31, on that very day some Pharisees came, saying to Him," Get out and depart from here, for Herod wants to kill You."
He was full of danger in His daily life indeed. But He said "Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I shall be perfected.
Nevertheless, I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem."@
I suppose that Martha knew some Pharisees, not Herod who wanted to kill Him soon. Therefore she wanted to meet Him and tell him that news quickly.
And Martha welcomed Him into her house to tell Him that news. But Jesus did not need her advice to achieve His goal.
So, He said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things."
Martha got this news from her job which is related to Pharisees, which was a kind of immoral job in the Jewish sense. So, Luke could not write this.
Luke said, "Martha was distracted with much serving." This means that her serving is not only meals but also struggling to tell Him the news in person as soon as possible.
But Jesus went to Mary quickly. There was a reason why of course. For further details, read "No63 Martha and Mary"
So, I focused on Luke's first words again. He wrote, "Now it happened as they went." So, I wonder what happened that day?
I examined his opening line and other cases. For example, Luke wrote in chapter 14 that now it happened, as He went into the house.
At the time, Jesus healed a man who had dropsy. In another case, in chapter 17 he wrote that Now it happened as He went.
In this case, He healed 10 men who were lepers. Therefore, in this case, Luke wrote this opening line Jesus will heal someone.
But, in this case, who was healed? And, I wondered why he did not write this event completely. My answer is that it is natural Luke made a question from that event for us.
Luke was a doctor. Of course, he passed many examinations. So, he wanted to train us to become good Christian. That I thought.
But it is a very difficult question in words.
So, I made a mathematical expression with respect for Luke as great as Greek.
Find out A and B figures from the following mathematical expression. 3~A+B=12
3 means the trinity. A and B mean Martha and Mary. 12 means the Apostles.
Potential answers are not one. For example, if you put 1 into A result B will be 9. For another one, you put 2 into A result B will be 6.
If you continue you can get 5 answers. But true is one. You already have seen one answer in the Bible. From now on begin the real question. What is the real answer?
The question means if you do not add some lines to Luke's story, you never find an answer.
The final answer is that Jesus said, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. This is the second and great commandment."
PS. My work numbers 46 and 58 have some clues.