The widow's mite

Jesus compares and contrasts the scribes & the rich with a poor widow who puts everything she has into the treasury. We see a wonderful of example of generous, sacrificial giving which Jesus commends. Compared with religious externalism that is devoid of life and will ultimately be destroyed (21:6). Giving Sunday provides us with an opportunity to pray and seek God to see what He would have us sow into His Kingdom. We do not give out of duty, or obligation, nor out of some misguided attempt to earn God’s favour, but simply out of the overflow of worship; we give to the One who has already given everything for us.

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Luke 20:45-21:4

Beware of the Scribes

45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

The Widow's Offering

21:1 Jesus [1] looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. [2] And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 21:1 Greek He
[2] 21:2 Greek two lepta; a lepton was a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)

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