Bible Study

Mary Magdalene

Happy Friday! I work from home so Friday no longer means the same to me as when I traveled to and from an office. Not that I’m complaining by any means. I hope you all have amazing plans for the weekend.

There’s even been speculation as to whether she was Jesus’ wife. Historians don’t believe this at all. Ironically she’s not mentioned in any writings by the Apostle Paul, she has no known writings of her own and she only appears in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. It’s also very documented that along with Mary, Jesus’ Mother, Mary Magdalene was present at his crucifixion.

I couldn’t not write about a very well known woman in Jesus’ life without addressing Mary Magdalene. In a time when women were only viewed as mothers, wives, concubines or pawns; it’s amazing how one of Jesus’ main followers was a woman. Luke 8:2-3 tells us about Mary Magdalene and how she supported Jesus’ ministry through her resources. This eludes that she possibly had money or wealth of some kind. The same verse also documents that she had 7 demons driven out of her. 😳Wow!!!

There’s been years of speculation that during the anointing of Jesus feet (Luke 7:36-50) that she did this to repent for being a prostitute. There’s been studies as to whether or not she was confused by scholars as Mary of Bethany. She’s considered a Saint by the Catholic, Lutheran, Eastern Orthodox and Anglican churches. Other Protestant churches view her as a heroine of faith.

Jesus held Mary Magdalene in high regard. Several times Simon Peter let Jesus know he wasn’t happy how she was treated as equal to the men. Jesus kindly put him in his place and basically told him you need to regard her as an equal.

It’s evident that whatever Mary Magdalene’s past was, she was extremely important to Jesus. She loved him as a faithful friend and teacher. She witnessed the horrific pain he endured when he was crucified. I have friends that I know will always be by my side no matter what.

I have friends that’s I’ve known since junior high like Pattie, Dawn, Brian, Leslie and Angie. Then I have friends I’ve made as an adult like Lynn, Jessica and Andrea. If I only had these people as my friends (not including my immediate family), I would still be happy. They love me unconditionally and I don’t have to pretend around them. They’ve loved me at my best and worst. For that I’ll be forever grateful.

Father, I pray for my friends and ask that you protect them always. I am thankful everyday for their love, patience and understanding. Amen


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