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Today's reading: Luke 8:1-3

Luke 8 begins with three short verses that are easy to skim over. In fact, that's exactly what I did as I read chapter 8 considering what verses I would write about for today. But as I started to settle in on the parable of the seeds, it bugged me that I was starting on verse 4. So I went back and re-read verses 1-3 again with the mindset that they wouldn't be there for me to read if they weren't important.

Immediately my focus went to the several women who were mentioned, and specifically the final words of verse 3 (that seemed to jump off the page now that I was paying more attention), "who provided for them out of their means."

So what is the example, the lesson, these women provide for us today? Tami

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Very interesting, Tami.... ya know what stands out to me about this, that the women were healed of evil spirits and infirmities. I think this is interesting because not everyone serves Christ whom He heals and these women were obviously grateful for the love and gift He gave each one of them. Interesting indeed!

Someone recently stated that our homes are provided by God and should be open to others. This thought came to mind when reading these verses. These women provided for others out of their means. It made me feel that maybe I could do a better job in caring for others.

Someone recently stated that our homes are provided by God and should be open to others. This thought came to mind when reading these verses. These women provided for others out of their means. It made me feel that maybe I could do a better job in caring for others.

Giving, being able to provide for others brings such joy. Serving one another without thought of ourselves is joy. Christ left behind His heavenly realm to give life to all of us, He sacrificed all, and yet we're still concerned with how much He expects from us....money, time, talents. Aren't they all His-not ours. If we hold on tight to what has been given us we miss the joy. I think these women found joy and peace in serving, providing for Jesus and his disciples.

Yes, thanks Tami (and others) for your comments. As I was pondering this section of scripture, three "I's" came to me about the women: their Importance to the ministry of our Lord, their Inclusion, and their Involvement. Like you indicated, the verses 1-3 in Luke 8 were there for a purpose.

On top of the lessons of the joy of service and giving we learn from these verses, there are (at least) two other great things we get to see here:

1) We're given a glimpse of those who are "behind the scenes," at least in the sense that we often don't think of them as we read the Gospels, in Jesus' ministry. Without the financial support of these women, Jesus and the Twelve would find traveling to minister quite more difficult, I'd not impossible. These women aren't mentioned much, but they're absolutely necessary to Jesus' earthly ministry.

2) But, in a greater sense, they're not behind the scenes at all. Jesus didn't hide them away. In fact, the simple fact that they were traveling with Him is absolutely huge! Women didn't get to learn from rabbis back then! What Jesus is doing is absolutely huge! Women weren't supposed to travel with and learn from rabbis. What Jesus was doing--elevating women to a place of equality, visually proclaiming that equality has always existed in the eyes of God--was nothing short of scandalous in the eyes of the established religious norm.

Take the time to examine Jesus' treatment of women in the Gospels, and you'll find that He placed incredible value on them.

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