Summary: A sermon on the attitudes with which we give.
Mark 12.41-44 “Money Talks”
Giving with pretense and show.
Court of the Women where the temple treasury was situated/women & men came to present their gifts.
Chests called "trumpets" / shaped like trumpets. Metal coins were PITCHED into/make a loud noise. The more money ..the louder the sound. Each chest bore what the money inside was to be used for.
Many wealthy people who gave large amounts (lit., “many coins” gold, silver, copper, bronze)Ooh! Ahh!
Maybe the disciples, too, were impressed. Wow! Look at that! Mt.6.1,f. Jesus
Still, did a lot of good. Could have kept it..
The whole system played on pride, but giving these people the benefit of the doubt, there is another problem:
Just giving out of surplus.
Ted Turner gave a billion dollars to the United Nations. But by his own admission, it didn’t cost him anything.. excess money he had earned over first 9mo of the year.
Leftovers, perhaps. Gave out of their "over and above."
“I guess I could give $x without missing it.” Problem.
Nothing wrong with it; just that it doesn’t go far enough.
Wondering how she could possibly give bec. of own needs.
Money: (Know what it says?) “Bye-bye”.
Maybe thinking that others can certainly take care..
That’s what the widow could have concluded: "The coins were the smallest in use; they were called a lepton which literally means "a thin one." 1/64
A Rabbinic rule: an offering of <2 lepta not acceptable.
There was a public fund for charity, into which contributions were brought, .. poor-box..
Widow: generally defenseless legal and financial position. [one who crouches, cowers]..
In the scene immediately preceding, Jesus condemns scribes for.. consuming the homes of widows (12:40), refers to practice of appointing some supposedly well-reputed and pious man to oversee the affairs ..only to have the individual use the estate for his own gain.
This destitute widow (“poor” is too weak a translation) .. She has given her whole livelihood (lit., her life).
Thank goodness everything’s changed now! Or has it?
Honestly we are not often this woman.
The subject of money is a touchy one to some people. But it shouldn’t be. We should be eager to know/obey.
Must take our giving seriously. God certainly does.
Not what but HOW do you give? Do you tithe? If Jesus observed your. .today, what would His opinion be?
That is important because when it is not right, our giving is a spiritual problem, not just financial.
O.S. Hawkins said, "The principal hindrance to the advancement of the Kingdom of God is greed. It is the chief obstacle to heaven-sent revival. It seems that when the back of greed is broken, the human spirit soars into regions of unselfishness. I believe it is safe to say there can be no continuous revival without ’hilarious’ giving. And I fear no contradiction: wherever there is ’hilarious’ giving, there will soon be revival!"
How much do you want personal renewal?!
So, lets look at how she responded…
She wasn’t intimidated.
Do you suppose there was "ooohing" and "aaahing" when she made her contribution? I believe so. From Jesus. He was excited about her giving. He was excited about what she gave and also about how she gave - with a heart toward God.