Summary: This a remarkable contrast to the widow’s two mites. But the purpose God is to show us all gifts given to him out of love are accepted in his site.
By: Dr. Dennis Deese www.dennisdeese.com
This a remarkable contrast to the widow’s two mites. But the purpose God is to show us all gifts given to him out of love are accepted in his site.
Mark 12:42-43 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 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:
Here is a true story about a nine-year-old boy who lived in a rural town in Tennessee. His house was in a poor area of the community. A church had a bus ministry that came knocking on his door one Saturday afternoon. A young boy came to the door and greeted the bus pastor. The bus pastor asked if his parents were home and the small boy told him that his parents had left for the weekend and left him at home to take care of his little brother. They went into the living room and sat down on an old couch with the foam and springs exposed. The bus pastor asked the kid, "Where do you go to church?" The young boy surprised the visitor by replying, "I’ve never been to church in my whole life." Then the bus pastor said, "Well, son, more important than going to church, have you ever heard the greatest love story ever told?" and then he proceeded to share the Gospel with this little nine year old boy. The young lad’s heart began to be tenderized and at the end of the bus pastor’s story the bus pastor asked if the boy wanted to receive this free gift from God. The youngster exclaimed, "You bet! The boy and the bus pastor got on their knees and the lad invited Jesus into his heart and received the free gift of salvation. They both stood up and the bus pastor asked if he could pick him up for church the next morning. "Sure," the nine old replied.
The next morning after arriving at church the little boy just sat in church clueless of what was going on. A few minutes into the service the ushers walked down to the front and picked up some wooden plates. One of the men prayed and the kid with utter fascination watched them walk up and down the aisles. He still didn’t know what was going on. All of a sudden like a bolt of lightning it hit him what was taking place. These people must be giving money to Jesus. He then reflected on the free gift of life that he had received just twenty-four hours earlier. He immediately searched his pockets, front and back, and couldn’t find a thing to give Jesus. By this time the offering plate was being passed down his aisle and with a broken heart he just grabbed the plate and held on to it. He finally let go and watched it pass on down the aisle. He turned around to see it passed down the aisle behind him. And then his eyes remained glued on the plate as it was passed back and forth, back and forth all the way to the rear of the sanctuary. Then he had an idea. This little nine-year-old boy, in front of God and everybody, got up out of his seat. He walked about eight rows back, grabbed the usher by the coat and asked to hold the plate one more time. Then he did the most astounding thing I have ever heard of. He took the plate, sat it on the carpeted church floor and stepped into the center of it. As he stood there, he lifted his little head up and said, "Jesus, I don’t have anything to give you today, but just me. I give you me!"
Malachi 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.
2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
There are three things I want you to notice about this love offering:
1. COSTLY 12:1-3
1. The Enormous Sacrifice 12:3 & 5
This was not some attempt to appear Ostentatious or pretentious. It was a sincere and sacrificial love gift.
Nard was a highly prized perfume imported from the Himalayan region of India.
The actual amount in the Greek text is 300 denarii. A denarius was a small silver coin, often used in the Roman world as a day’s wage for an unskilled laborer. In terms of equivalent buying power from the U.S.A. of the late twentieth century, Judas’s complaint is that Mary just wasted $15-20,000 worth of nard.