Mary, Joanna and Susanna the Financiers

28 06 2012

I just have a few things running through my head, and it is four o’clock in the morning and I can’t sleep, so here goes.  I have read Luke 8 many times and never saw what was at the end of verse 3. Here is what it says (NKJV) :

Now it came to pass, afterward, that He went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities—Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for Him from their substance (emphasis mine).

“Ministered unto Him from their substance”?  That caught my eye. So I looked up the meaning of that phrase. What I found was that these women were financial supporters of Jesus and his disciples. The first thing that crossed my mind was that this is strange.  Then I thought, “Well how did Jesus pay for His ministry?”  I know that there was some carpentry work going on, but that was before He went out full time.  Maybe the disciples were still fishing on the side, for extra income.  But He asked them to lay down their nets to follow Him.  Judas was the treasurer, so they must have had some money.  It turns out that one of the ways that Jesus and the disciples supported themselves was by receiving financial support from people.  Now there may were many others, as this passage states, but this passage specifically points out these three women.  I find that interesting also.  The financiers mentioned here weren’t some rich bankers or businessmen.  They were women whom He had helped in some way.  People who had a relationship with Him.

Then I thought, “How come I never realized that Jesus was financially supported?  Did I just assume that as the Son of God he was just taken care of supernaturally?  He was fully man and had the sames needs as anyone else, of course He needed money for food shelter and other things. If I was around would I have been a partner with Jesus?”

I think He gave us a model of what we are to do to get the gospel out to the world.  He could have done it differently, but He choose to be supported in order to give those who supported Him a piece of His vision for the world and a chance to be part of it.  They were blessed to be able to give into His ministry, the ministry that He left for us to continue.