Thursday, July 27, 2017

The widow who gave everything

Bible 1
Jesus was sitting in the Temple in Jerusalem opposite the place where people gave their offerings. He watched as people put money into the large golden trumpet-shape bowls and he could hear the coins falling into the large treasury chests underneath. (There were 13 ‘trumpet’ treasury chests in the temple).
Bible 2
Many rich people made a big show of giving gold coins and large amounts of money. (Jesus on another occasion talked about hypocrites who were ‘sounding a trumpet’ before they gave - Matthew 6:2)
Bible 3
A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins. A very, very small amount of money. (The small copper coin was called a ‘lepton’ and was the least valuable coin in circulation. The woman was only obliged to give one lepton but she gave two.)

Bible 4
Jesus called his disciples to gather round. ‘This poor widow put more in the treasury than all the others,’ Jesus told them.
Bible 5
‘They gave out of their wealth but she gave out of her poverty and put in everything - all she had to live on.’

The widow who gave everything
The widow who gave everything she had.
Mark 12:41-44, Luke 21:1-4

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