The Twelve and Others

Jesus’ other followers: Luke 8:1-3

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One Reply to “The Twelve and Others”

  1. Very often, it seems, as I methodically read and post thoughts on Scripture, I read passages that I’ve somehow missed or at least not remembered. This short introductory passage is a great example. I guess I’ve overlooked it previously because it comes just before the Parable of the Sower.

    Not surprisingly the Twelve disciples are following Jesus as he continues to travel about “proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God.” What I’ve missed before was the mention of “some women” who traveled with them.

    and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases

    They were traveling with them because of the healing that Jesus brought to them; they had great respect and reverence as expected. They were great examples of servants of Christ and no doubt helped his ministry by demonstrating his message was for all–even women! I say “even women” because it’s likely that the Pharisees did not have such broad appeal (my supposition based on what I’ve learned about the culture…should be researched a bit more!).

    Three are identified by name here (and many others):

    1. Mary Magdalene — Jesus cast out seven demons
    2. Joanna, wife of Chuza, manager of Herod’s household
    3. Susanna. No further details.

    Luke mentions Mary Magdalene and Joanna following Jesus’ resurrection (Luke 24:10); witnesses that had great credibility for they spent a lot of time with them all. The Pulpit Commentary has an interesting note about Joanna:

    It has been suggested that this Chuza was the nobleman of Capernaum whose dying son was healed by Jesus (John 4:46). If this be the case, there would be a special reason for the loving devotion of this Joanna to the Master.Pulpit Commentary

    In a culture that so often placed women in specific roles, it is significant that they are named and identified as followers of Jesus. Perhaps more significant is the last part of verse 3:

    These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

    They were givers, not takers. Though they had apparently received a great gift of healing from Jesus, they gave back by supporting them fully. Such a great testimony.

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