Did Women Travel With Jesus?

Q.  I’ve been watching “The Bible” series and have a question.  I don’t believe Jesus had any female followers traveling with him and the 12 disciples.  Is this correct?

A.   Here’s a passage from Luke 8:1-3 to answer your question.

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him,  and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out;  Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

The Bible repeatedly tells us to avoid even the appearance of evil (1 Thes. 5:22) and to not allow something we consider good to be spoken of as evil (Romans 14:16). Therefore, every effort would have been taken to protect the Lord’s ministry from any unwarranted criticism concerning this issue.  We’re not told how this was accomplished, but there’s no record of the Lord’s enemies ever accusing Him of allowing any impropriety.  The Pharisees were obsessive keepers of the Law and had there been even the perception of such, they certainly would have tried to use it against Him.

 

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