Most people have arrived at the conclusion that Mary Magdalene was once a prostitute but they might by surprised to find that nowhere in the whole bible does it actually say this. The assumption appears to have always been that Mary Magdalene was the same women that we read of in Luke chapter 7. This particular woman in Luke chapter 7 is spoken of in the following words:
“…behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment. And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.” (Luke 7:37,38)
We find out more about this particular woman when we read what it says in verse 39:
“Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.”
So here we have a Pharisee using the words “who” and “what manner of woman this is.” “Who,” the assumption here being that she is some sort of prostitute and “what manner of woman” meaning that she is sexually adventurous as prostitutes are and here she was, not only touching Jesus’ feet, but also continually kissing His feet and as Jesus said in His own words: (verse 45) “…this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.” The woman was also washing Jesus’ feet with her tears and wiping Jesus’ feet with the very hairs of her head and she was also anointing His feet with oil. No-doubt all this Pharisee could see was a sexually promiscuous woman who was a sinner who it appears that he knew of as being such a woman, and here she was kissing Jesus’ feet continually, so surely her motivation for this display of affection was sexually motivated, perhaps Jesus should push her aside as if she was some sort of a dog? But no, Jesus didn’t do this, He saw that her love for Him was genuine and her faith was genuine and that largely all she wanted was to love Jesus and have His forgiveness and so what did Jesus do? He forgave her and said to the Pharisee, (verse 47) “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” So it would follow from what we read here that because this woman had been forgiven much, then she would be one of those that would love much.
Now one of the striking similarities here between Mary Magdalene and this woman is that they had both been forgiven much. Mary Magdalene certainly loved Jesus much but where do we read that she had been forgiven much? We read in Luke chapter 8 of Mary Magdalene as being one of the women who went with Jesus everywhere. We read:
(verses 1- 4) “…that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 2. And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 3. And Joanna the wife of Chu-za Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.”
So all being said here in these verses, we get a picture of Mary Magdalene, amongst other women, going with Jesus everywhere. She went with Him to every city that He went to and she went with Him to every village that He went to and what was she doing going everywhere with Jesus? The simple answer to that is that she was showing Jesus her great great love for Him. So how was she showing this great love which she Had for Jesus? Well it says right here in Luke chapter 8 verse 3 that she was one of those “…which ministered unto him of their substance” so the picture you get here is that Mary was one of those people that were not necessarily tied down and she was one of those people who had some sort of substance so it’s highly likely that she was a person of means. I mean, here she was going from village to village and city to city with Jesus and no-doubt she was caring for the physical needs of Jesus and his disciples in providing them food, and it’s quite possible that she was also paying for places for them to stay at night so this appears to be what her ministry was, to help Jesus and His disciples with their physical needs and as it says, she was one of those “which ministered unto him” of her substance so she largely cared for Jesus’ physical needs.
So this begs the question: Why was she so in love with this man, Jesus, the Son of God? Well, as we have just read in verse 2, it was because Jesus had cast out of her seven devils. Clearly it says that Jesus had cast out of her seven devils but there is no mention of her being a prostitute and clearly as we read of the other women, the issue was largely to do with forgiveness. Jesus had forgiven the other woman of many sins and this He did in the same room which He ate with the Pharisees, no mention here of any exorcism taking place or the casting out of devils, none of this happened, only forgiveness but with Mary Magdalene, the first thing we read of her is that Jesus had cast out of her seven devils. It’s one thing casting out one devil out of a person but with Mary He had cast out seven devils!
It appears that there are two ways that people can become possessed of devils, one is either wittingly and the other is unwittingly. Wittingly usually means that someone has been involved in the occult and therefore they dabbled in black magic so to speak and became possessed, the unwitting way of becoming possessed is that people can become so involved with sin and even the seven deadly sins, so much so, that they took things to the extreme and were possessed of demons of pride, wrath, sloth, envy, gluttony, lust, or greed. It’s also interesting to know here that people who become possessed don’t always foam at the mouth and roll around on the floor like a mad person, they might very well appear as calm and collective. At the root of all sin is always pride and pride means that you want your own way above God’s way, that you think that you are better than everybody else including God and so people tend to pursue the path of pride the most and this can lead them into many sins and into a desire to be well connected with other proud people and in being connected to these proud people you are in danger of finding yourself connected to the demons that are behind them or even in them. So again, demon possession is very real and can pop up almost anywhere! People in so-called higher walks of life could very well be possessed and people in lower walks of life could very well be possessed. Most people associate demon possession with people from lower walks of life, this is because the typical picture they get of a demon possessed person is a person that has become tatty in his appearance and he would foam at the mouth or roll around like a mad person but people need to realise that a person can also be possessed and wear a suit and even operate high up in government. Now you can take your pick as to what happened to Mary Magdalene and how come she became possessed by seven devils, the answer of course is that we really don’t know, all we know is that Jesus had cast these seven devils out of Mary.
It is interesting here to add that often before people come of Jesus, they might have found themselves involved in every sin going. Often it is because they have become so desperately hungry in their hearts and spirits that they were ready to just about chuck anything and everything into their lives in order to fill that aching void and so what a relief it is for such people to eventually find Jesus and to find that it is Jesus who they have been looking for all along and that no matter what else they tried, they couldn’t fill that hungry aching void of the heart that cries out and longs for the spiritual connection and the spiritual filling of that aching heart with Jesus Himself – Only Jesus can ever satisfy that deep spiritual longing of the heart that cries out for Him and Him alone! It is not unreal to suggest that Mary was such a person, though again, we don’t know how she found herself possessed by seven devils but what we do know is that Jesus cast these devils out and from then onwards, she stuck with Him no-doubt through thick and thin, she was always there ministering to Him in every town and in every village that He went to, she was there at His crucifixion, she was there when He was taken down from the cross, she was there when He rose again. The agony for Mary when He rose again was no-doubt the agony of not being able to throw her arms around Him which you find yourself imagining that it was something that she often did because “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God” (John 20:17). So here we have Mary again, first in line for Jesus’ love and she was the first one to see Him alive again, she had loved Him right to the very end and her name pops up again and again in the scriptures as one who was always there for Jesus and as being a great lover of Jesus and as loving Him everywhere that He went, all the way to the cross and after the cross, all the way to the very end and no-doubt she still loves Him to this very day!