Women & Luke 8

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  1. Scott Bushey

    Scott Bushey Puritanboard Commissioner

    Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
    Luke 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
    Luke 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward, and Susanna, and many others, which [b:6f521dd735]ministered[/b:6f521dd735] unto him of their substance.

    [b:6f521dd735]Ministered[/b:6f521dd735]: Strongs # 1247 Diakoneo

    Two questions:
    1) The word used to describe what these women did is the same word to describe the office of deacon-no?
    2) What type of ministering did they give to Jesus? Why? Substance?
  2. fredtgreco

    fredtgreco Vanilla Westminsterian Staff Member

    Simple answer:

    The women help provide funds ("from their substance" ) for Jesus and the apostles to live on (hence the "ministry" ).

    This text refutes the "Jesus was a rich merchant foolery of the Word of Faith heretics.
  3. cupotea

    cupotea Puritan Board Junior

    The same word is used of Phoebe in Romans 16:1. Some see this as a basis for deaconesses. I have no problem with that., as long as it is not looked upon as a church office.
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