Mary of Magdalene
After finding and watching a documentory on Tubi TV, I remembered a time back in my youth, about 13 or 14, a sermon by the Baptist preacher my dad liked. He preached about gossip, the one thing I learned at an early age that Baptists are good at. After the sermon and all the hand shaking, the church gathered in their usual little groups chit chatting. Strolling around thinking about Sunday dinner with my hands in my pocket and kicking at the marl rocks in the parking lot, I could not help but notice one group talking about someone in the another group about their this and that or the other thing. Then moseying around to the other group, still kicking at the rocks and thinking about Sunday dinner, the other group was talking about someone in the previous group I had just moseyed by. The preacher was hanging out with his usual group and I had no clue as to what or whom they were discussing as I didn’t care to much about his preaching. When I became independent as to choose to go to church or not, I didn’t.
When I got in High School, I took Bible I in the 10th grade and Bible II in the 11th as electives. Back in the early 70’s Bible classes were allowed as electives in school until about the mid to late 70’s. That’s when the ACLU kicked the Bible out of school and expelled God. Was in the Navy then as a Radioman. (See “Twice in a Lifetime”. in main menu.)
I have always beleived the Holy Bible held truth within its pages, but became disillusioned with denominational religion. Later in life, I studied the Bible independantly with the aid of the Strong’s concordance. It was years later that I learned the word gossip isn’t even in the scriptures. His sermon must have been based on slander, which is in scripture. (Prov. 10:18, Ps. 31:13, 1 Tim. 3:11) and/or babblings which in the Greek means fruitless discussions. (I Tim. 6:20, 2 Tim. 2:11) There is also the term revilers in 1 Cor. 6:10. I just can’t recall what scripture the sermon was based on, but gossip was not good. From the church door to the parking lot is a short distance for forgetfulness. (Moses was only 40 days on the mountain getting the law and instructions from the Lord after the children of Israel had made a covnant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They had already made a golden calf to worship.) The experience only made me think of hypocrisy. Understood that word at an early age too. The most reviled, slandered and gossiped about person in New Testament scripture was Mary of Magdalene.
She was a companion of Mary, mother of Jesus, and one of Jesus’ followers. She was also the first to see the resurrected Jesus. (Matt. 28:1, Mark 16:1, Luke 24:10, `John 1-18) Joses, James and Salome were Jesus’ younger brothers and sister. (Mark 15:40-41, 16:1, Matt. 13:55-56) There were also two other brothers; Simon and Judas. (Mark 6:3) The Greek term for sister can be either singular or plural. Was Joanna in Luke 24:10 also Jesus’s sister? That’s a total of four brothers and two sisters of Jesus, fathered by Joseph after Jesus became flesh in Mary’s virgin womb. Not according to one church!
Joseph, husband of Mary, was last mentioned in the New Testamant in Matt. 2:19, Luke 3:23 and John 6:42. What happened to him? There is no mention of him after the beginning of Jesus’ ministry? He was not around during Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.
Have a restful Sabbath. Pray a special prayer for the new gold star families that were made this past week during these troublous times. Pray for the salvation of Manasseh – USA. Pray for those left behind in Afganistan.
Edit 9/11/21: Found on Tubi TV today >>