out of her poverty
March 5, 2020: SOAP #3745: Deuteronomy 1-2; Mark 12
Scripture: Mark (NIV) 12:41 Jesus sat down opposite theplace where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their moneyinto the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But apoor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fractionof a penny. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you thetruth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 Theyall gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put ineverything"all she had to live on.”
Observation: Thiscontainer was used to receive a free-will offering from all who would beinclined to give. There was no setamount expected. The rich could give asmuch as they desired; the poor could also contribute. It would be used to help people with theirneeds. It was a public fund forcharity.
Application: Thelady noticed by Jesus might have previously received help from that fund. But she came with no expectation to receive,but to give. Her one-third of a pennywould be of more help is added to the other gifts.
Jesus was watching what was being given, but what grabbed his heart was seeinghow much remained after her gift was given. Nothing! Perhaps, in a small wayit spoke to him of the gift He was giving in living among His creation! He had left the riches of heaven and emptiedhimself of His divinity to live as a man. Perhaps in it He saw a hint of the gift He was soon to give in dying forthe sins of the world! He would givehis all in paying for the sin.
Perhaps in this woman, Jesus saw a glimpse of 'the joy that was set before him'for which he would soon 'endure the cross.' (Hebrews 12:2)
Prayer: Lord,I know you watch my giving. You also seewhat I have left. May my gift please youand may what remains also bring you glory. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!