In the message we used (on line and watemark media http://www.watermark.org/media/the-pivot-point-that-is-personal-belief-and-the-rightness-of-radical-response/2174/#.T_spoq0cA34.mailto) I was not as explicit in my qualification in my speculation that the woman in Luke 7:37-39 was another Mary, specifically Mary Magdalene. While that remains a possibility, it is at the end of the day at best an argument from silence. Mary Magdalene is mentioned for the first time immediately following in Luke 8:1-2 as a woman who had seven demons cast out of her by the Lord and thus her devotion and inclusion among the disciples and women who followed Him. What IS clear is that whoever the woman is in Luke 7, it is not Mary of Bethany and THIS IS a different act of devotion than the one we focused on today in John 12. So while it makes great fun talking about 2 different Mary’s that fell at his feet…I wouldn’t want to start a new church (or even try to spend any time defending the idea!) over the actual identity of the woman in Luke 7. What IS clear is that we are dealing with 2 different locations (Galilean region v. Bethany), two different Simons (one the ex-leper and one the Pharisee) and with almost complete certainty two different woman. Whether the Luke 7 passage was Mary Magdalene is speculative and in them message posted on line I was not as clear on this point.
What is not speculative, and what was obviously my point in mentioning both women, is ALL of our need for Jesus. Whether we are a prostitute or a “prominent person of distinction and morality”, we should fall at the feet in worship of the One Who ALONE can deliver us from our bodies of sin and death. If you want to read more about one person’s take on Mary Magdalene (some strong comments/ideas here from Spurgeon on Mary Magdalene and her demonic afflictions and their relevance to potential Luke 7 associations as well as some applications for us today toward those suffering with similar afflictions see http://www.biblebb.com/files/spurgeon/0792.htm ) Read his ideas and enjoy…but as always Acts 17:11 is a great passage for all of us every time we hear someone teach from the Scripture.
Meanwhile may you be a RADICAL servant, lover and steward who derives all your glory only from your association with Jesus. Here once more is the link to my message on John 12:1-11 for your encouragement. http://www.watermark.org/media/the-pivot-point-that-is-personal-belief-and-the-rightness-of-radical-response/2174/#.T_spoq0cA34.mailto