Jesus and Susanna, Jo-an’na, Mary Magdalene, and Others

Luke 8: 1-3 “Soon afterward he went on through cities and villages, preaching and bringing the good news of the kingdoms of God. And the twelve were with him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Jo-an’na, the wife of Chumash, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their means.”

I have to get this clarified, but, “many others, who provided for them out of their means,” means that some women brought other women who helped them. They provided for all of them out of their means (meaning they were not poor). It just occurred to me. Jesus was often performing miracles while he gathered his disciples. It appears that he gathered some disciples by removing evil spirits and infirmities. All miracles in a way.

Jesus had many disciples. He carefully selected 12 disciples to be apostles. I looked up apostle. It was someone chosen to go on a mission. Jesus had to choose men, of course. A woman, back in Jesus’s time, could not go out on a mission by herself. Not then. But women were very active in the early Christian church. Women were the ones who believed the two men outside the tomb. The apostles didn’t believe (or wouldn’t speak up). The women had important roles to play. Mary Magdalene stayed near Jesus when no one else would or could.

Much may have been made about Mary Magdalene’s seven demons. I speak from experience when I say that seven demons is not that many – at least by modern standards. Not when Satanic worship is going on right in your town. Not when you unknowingly (and therefor against your will) attend demonic services and have demons forced upon you (date rape drugs and demons). I doubt if there were any conspiracies of Satanic worshippers in Mary Magdalene’s time.

Right before the demons are mentioned, the text says “…women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities…” This means that Mary has evil spirits. Evil spirits are demons. They are one and the same. Not all communicate with their host, but some do. They can even seem to be good at times…………until they aren’t.

Later, in Luke 24: 10-11 “Now it was Mary Magdalene and Jo-an’na and Mary the mother of James and the other women with them who told this to the apostles; but these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them”. These women had gone to the cave to tend to the body of Christ. They saw two men who, “…stood by them in dazzling apparel.”

In the gospel of John, Mary Magdalene is by herself when she sees the stone has been moved, she sees two angels, and Jesus shows himself to her first of all. Mary Magdalene is the only one (according to one source) that is witness to Jesus’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

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