Summary: Have you ever been totally dependant upon God? The lesson of the widow is that "importunity equals opportunity". Learn what it is that really impresses God!
THE WIDOW’S “MIGHT”
Mark 12: 41-44
It is a mild Sabbath morning in the Palestinian City of Jerusalem. The sun has not
yet risen to full strength, and yet people are already lined up all the way down the dusty
road which leads to the Holy Temple. Smoke is in the air because of the animals that
have already been sacrificed and burned on the altar. And in that slow moving line,
there are rich and poor alike, carrying with them the offerings that are to be presented
for the Lord God Jehovah.
The line leads to a small square room lined with metal collection boxes. the boxes
have metal horns extending out of them, to receive the offerings of the people. As you
can imagine, the coins make a constant clanging noise as they are cast into the
Most of the people shuffling along, quickly make their donation, and move on. But one
person, who has already given His offering, stands over in the corner with His disciples.
And notice that it DOES NOT SAY that Jesus is watching WHAT everyone is giving but
rather “HOW the people put money into the treasury.”
Of course, also in the room, supervising the money boxes, are several priests. As the
wealthy citizens pass by and make loud clanging noises by virtue of their many coins,
they seem to draw favored glances. Many seem quite impressed at the generosity of
those who cast an abundance of big, heavy coins into the boxes.
And it is not surprise that no one pays particular attention to one frail, little lady
who enters the room. Only one person sees her, and that is the One who sees all. But
she nonetheless stops at the collection terminal. She then reaches into a tiny sachet
and carefully draws out 2 rather insignificant coins -- mites, the smallest currency used
by the Romans. She tosses both of these lightweight coins into the big metal box, but
their faint click is drowned out by the heavy clanking of more substantial coins made by
the wealthy patrons. So, no one notices her. After all, what difference would her two
tiny tokens make?
But Jesus is impressed. He is so impressed that he singles this woman out to the
entire multitude and cheerfully confesses that her offerings are more important that
those made by men of wealth and prestige. And he recognizes her seemingly uneventful
giving by telling the disciples and by having this episode permanently recorded both in
the Gospel of Mark and the Gospel of Luke, insuring HER a place in history!
After reading about this event, we might wonder, “Why was Jesus so impressed with
the widow who gave her two mites?” What was it that caused him to stop and single her
out of the crowd? Why did he honour her minute gift so proudly and publicly? I want
to explore with you, 3 reasons why I believe Jesus was impressed with her giving.
I HE WAS IMPRESSED BECAUSE HE KNOW THINGS ABOUT THIS WOMAN
THAT NOBODY ELSE KNEW
A How did Jesus know about this poor woman’s state?
1. One might argue that Jesus was able to deduce some things based upon the
a. She was likely dressed like a poor person> frayed robes & worn out sandals.