Do you ever catch yourselves saying things like, “How could she?!”
“I can’t believe it?! Really? She didn’t…” or “Oh, thank God our life is not like that…”?
Why does that “Troubled woman” BOTHER you so much? I propose that there is a troubled woman inside ALL of us. We mock what we fear. If you’re perfect, please read on…because this is specifically for you. Open your Bible to the story of Mary Magdalene, starting with Luke 8:2-3
The women mentioned here are women who provided support and money for Jesus’ ministry. This may have meant they sold handmade goods, held PTA bake sales, held small temporary jobs, heck, we don’t really know. What we do know is that Joanna, one of the others here who are mentioned by name, was the wife of Herod’s household manager, so it’s safe to assume she was rolling in the money. But what we know for sure is what the word says, and the word says “with Him”, and “provided for them out of their means”. It also says that Mary, among the women, previously had demons cast out from her. The healing Mary Magdalene of demonic possession was certainly noted as a very great healing, as it is said several times with the reference of “7 demons”.
What is the title line in your Bible above Luke 8:4? Mine reads: “The Parable of The Sower” Take a look at this parable, and read it through verse 8. Do you find any significance in parable to the diversity of the women mentioned earlier? It could be a stretch, but I see a lot of significance. I read this parable and I think of those women in our lives, like these women here in Chapter 8 in Luke. The women like Mary, whom we gasp at or wonder over; the woman who we just don’t understand, so we poke fun at. She is the troubled women.There’s all shapes and sizes, all sorts of personalities, and all sorts of untold, nevertheless understood, childhood and adulthood traumas and secrets. All women carry these conditions around, some more silent than others, some more skillfully hiding their thorns…you are most likely one of them, as am I. What “thorns” are poking at you? What “demons” do you fight to hide, which desperately need casting out?
Let’s look at Mary Magdalene more specifically, read Mark 15:41. Mary was from Magdala, a wealthy town on the coast of Galilee near Capernaum. Mary may have been one of the prominent people from the town. Though we know nothing of her family or marital status, she was free to follow Jesus. What do you think “follow Jesus” entailed? Read on in Matthew 27:55-56 we see that the Sea of Galilee is approximately 80 miles from Jerusalem, where we are in verse 55.
Mary followed Jesus from Galilee which means she was there to witness the travels which included the foretelling of the death and resurrection, the sermon on the mount…and many miracles and parables. She was with Him for incredible points in the workings of the Lord! What kind of Savior allows a “troubled” woman be a part of such an essential ministry?!
Jesus is a loving, true, and merciful Savior.
Read on in Matthew 27:59-61 and John 20:1-18. What a beautiful ending. Jesus appears to Mary, and says “Why are you crying?”, and later after realizing the incredible truth of her Savior, she states: “I have seen the Lord”! Through her honesty, trust, love, and obedience…she faithfully followed her Savior, and was the first to see Him resurrected. What are you missing by hiding those thorns, those imperfections? Who are you spending time mocking, when you could be learning a beautiful lesson?