I was reading this morning and this passage stuck out to me:
Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means. -(Luke 8:1-3, ephasis added)
Am I understanding this correctly that these women were supporting Jesus and the Twelve as they traveled and did ministry? The “many others” seems to refer specifically to the women mentioned earlier, so I don’t know how else to read it.
What do you all think about this passage, specifically the apparent (someone might argue) reversal of the created order, where these women are financially supporting the men? Is this appropriate because of the uniqueness of the time, because Jesus was physically walking the earth? Can we make application for today, say, that it might be appropriate for a wife to earn a wage to support her husband in the work of ministry? If so, what circumstances would allow this?
I’m interested to hear any thoughts you have.