I’ve often wondered if there was a reason why Jesus revealed Himself to Mary Magdalene first after His resurrection. To say that He did it because she was there first might be as good a reason as any, but I wonder if it has something to do with Eve.
Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Indeed, has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.’” The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! “For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. [Genesis 3:1-6 NASB]
Eve was deceived by Satan. She ate the forbidden fruit and gave it to Adam to eat, also. Adam believed her who believed the Serpent. And we all know what happened after that.
So, here comes Mary Magdalene…
[Now after He had risen early on the first day of the week, He first appeared to Mary Magdalene, from whom He had cast out seven demons. She went and reported to those who had been with Him, while they were mourning and weeping. When they heard that He was alive and had been seen by her, they refused to believe it. [Mark 16:9-11 NASB]
Mary Magdalene wasn’t believed when she said she saw Jesus. But we all know what happened after that.
I wonder if it was an act of forgiveness – a sort of restoration – to appear to a woman, Mary Magdalene, first because of what Eve had done; to bring things full-circle in completeness, so to speak?
What do you think?
*Losing Paradise by He Qi
*Mary Magdalene at the Tomb by Jennifer Smith Greene
2 responses to “Eve and Mary Magdalene”
I absolutely agree! Thank you for your contemplation and sharing.
You posted this a long time ago, but I just stumbled upon it. You raise an interesting idea! I love Mary Magdalene.
You might be interested to know that the very early Christian church fathers, starting with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus, actually saw a connection between Eve and Mary the mother of Jesus. Just as Christ is the new Adam (1 Cor 15:22, 45 and Rom 5:12-14), Mary is the new Eve because of her obedience, her “let it be done to me according to your word.”