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The Widow's Offering

Mark 12.41-44
And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Jesus teaches his disciples about discipleship by pointing out that the widow gave sacrificially. The Gospel of Mark ends Jesus’ public ministry with this example of sacrificial giving. The widow out of her poverty gave everything she had. Jesus is about to give his life.

Jesus was probably in the area of the temple known as the court of the women where all Jewish people could gather and give their offering. There were thirteen shofar-chests (boxes in the shape of a trumpet) with the small end pointing up to receive the offering and keep it safe. The quiet clink of her two coins was nothing compared to the loud clank of many coins, but she exemplifies faith in God and others give out of their excess.

Do you give sacrificially of your time, talent, and treasure to the Lord?

What is the attitude of your heart as you give to the Lord?

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