Sunday, January 01, 2006

Inspiration & question - Lk.8:1-3

Soon after this, Jesus traveled from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of God’s kingdom. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna (the wife of Herod’s estate manager, Chuza); Susanna; and many others. With their own money, these women continually helped support Jesus and the Twelve. (Luke 8:1-3 DSV - The ministering women)
1. What exactly is “the good news of God’s kingdom?”

2. What else is said about people who are “cured” or “healed” of demon possession in Luke’s Gospel? Of disease?

3. What do we know about Mary Magdalene and what stories or assumptions have become attached to her that are not supported in Scripture?

4. What else do we know about the other women mentioned by name here?

5. Do we know anything else of Chuza from outside of scripture? What would be the responsibilities and remuneration for being “Herod’s household manager?”

6. How unusual would it have been in that time and place be for women to be disciples of someone and/or to financially support someone?