Mark 12:41-44 – Tithes and Offerings

Mark 12:41-44
41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.
42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.
43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
-This small section of scripture contains a great many truths that can help us in our life’s journey.   1) God watches our tithes and offerings: there is just no avoiding this truth; the Bible reminds us time and again that God expects us to give back a portion of what He has given us.  If Jesus in His humanity took time to watch the offering, how much more is omnipresent God in Heaven watching every offering?  It’s important not to look at this as merely a transaction however.  2) This widow woman had very little to offer, probably less than anyone else in the temple: based on Jesus’ reaction to this small offering, we know that what we give is not judged based on size, but on the heart and mind of the giver.  God is not more pleased based on larger offerings but rather, “God loveth a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)   Remember, the Lord is not asking for an offering because He needs the money, He asks to see who will trust Him enough to let go of something we esteem so highly.
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