Mark 16:9–11 (ESV)
[Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.]
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons.
10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.
I could spend time talking about
the text itself, but I wanted to point out something that is often missed. If you look in your Bibles, usually there is a line separating Mark 16:8 from 16:9. Everything from 16:9 to the end (16:20) may have been added at a later date. Some
of the earliest manuscripts do not have this section. So... what does this mean? It means that we read and understand this section, but we should not base a theological decision on any of these scriptures sin 16:9-20 are disputed. There
are some good verses in here, in fact one of my favorites is found in Mark 16:16 which we will get to in two days. If we are going to formulate Biblical doctrine, the base it on other text, not this section. Needless to say, we don’t
have a problem with most of the text, but there is some that my be questionable. We will talk about this later.
I pray: O Lord, you appeared to Mary Magdalene, who benefitted from your miracles.
Yes you cast out seven demons from her, but the greater miracle is giving her faith, forgiveness, and eternal life. Help me to cherish these gifts which you have given me. What more do I need than these precious gifts. Amen.