Money Change

Luke 7:36–8:3; Luke 24:1–12 (read online ⧉)

In ’ day, women held a “lesser” societal role. It’s not that they held no role. In Roman culture, women’s roles were actually in somewhat of a cultural disarray as “free” marriage was opposed by Augustus Caesar who wanted a “al” male-dominant marriage. Marriage differed between “noble” and “common” people, too.

In Jewish culture, women did have a lesser role, but today rabbinical holds to matrilineal which is estimated to have begun in ’ lifetime! In other words, “the fathers” that were held in apparent esteem, would no longer be the “line”.

This means that in the time of ’ ministry, there was likely a lot of turmoil regarding women’s roles in both Roman and Jewish societies. Having named (versus anonymous) women listed as ’ followers could either have been a cultural shock or no great surprise.

Currently, the general consensus has been that the women’s presence with would have been a shocking thing. Yet, even the words of the Sadducees and Pharisees don’t mention the women as followers. In the first of today’s verses, the scandalous (“ner”) woman was pointed to. was questioned for pardoning her s. Her presence didn’t seem overly surprig.

As continues his story of the debtor, the ger is irrelevant to ’s grace and mercy. We go from hair being used to wipe feet, a parable of the debtors (money), then the jump to the financing of the mission of . We learn that women appeared to be the financial backers (or at least the mentioned ones) of the mission. Judas Iscariot may have “held” the purse strings (John 12:6), but he obviously was not the fundraiser.

These women had all had (apparently) miraculous healing encounters with , so they supported ’ ministry. Joanna is culturally the most interesting, as her husband was Herod’s household manager. In some respects, her presence may have caused some to be more hesitant when it came to dealing with , for who knew what Joanna could have had happen. Perhaps not in reality, but people will invent large stories in their fear, to justify their inaction.

According to Luke, Mary Magdalene and Joanna were two of the women (Mary at the grave of on the Day of Resurrection. That these two women showed up, which means that they viewed as family, for they were taking on the role of family caring for the dead.

The transformation of these 2 women, in particular, is a good lesson. d them. They ed in gratitude (giving) and following (). Then they became family (possibly sanctification).  What their role was after that is, sadly, unclear. It may not matter in the . That they allowed to continue to up their life is what matters.

※Prayer※

of our transformation, help us to have hearts of peace as you up our lives. May our lives be continually transformed so that they can display your . Amen.

※Questions※

1) Other than COVID-19 itself and the general uping of all our lives, what is the biggest thing being challenged and changed in your life?

2) How have you experienced the initiate, transform, and sustain life change?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.