GIVING AND RECEIVING
LUKE 8: 1 - 3
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JESUS CHRIST said, "Whoever desires to come after Me, let him
deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever
desires to save his life will lost it, but whoever loses his
life for My sake and the Gospel's will save it" (Mark 8:34).
Dr. Luke tells us of a cadre which lovingly followed Him to
provide for His needs. He identifies a few.
Mary Magdalene, the possessed woman from Magdala, out of whom
Christ had cast seven demons. Her past was a dark and sensuous
one. She represented the low end of the social poll.
Joanna, the wife of Chuzah, Herod's steward (EPITROPOS). A
steward or EPITROPOS was the king's appointee who looked after
his financial estate. Such persons were wealthy and trusted.
Thus, Joanna represented the other extreme of the social poll.
Susanna, whose name means Lily, is mentioned but not identified.
Reference is also made to "many others."
In a time when Socrates, Aristotle, Demonthenes, the rabbis, and
scholars from Qumran held women in low esteem, Jesus gave them a
place of great esteem and honor.
The church is the place where all segments of society should be
able to come together and relate as one. Not only will the lamb
and the lion lie down together during Christ's millennial reign
on earth, but opposites should be able to fellowship in the
church. Can the lion lie down with the lamb and retain his
royal character? Can the lamb lie down with the lion and
maintain its gentle nature? That was the issue faced and still
faced by the church; that is the miracle the church achieves ...
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