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Summary: God knows the motive of our giving.

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THE WIDOW’S MITES

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. 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: 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. (Mark 12:41-44 KJV)

I. WHERE JESUS SAT

“Jesus sat over against the treasury”

II. WHAT JESUS SAW

A. HE SAW THE MOTIVE FOR THEIR GIVING.

“He beheld how the people cast money into the treasury.”

1. He knows when we give grudgingly.

2. He knows if we give gratefully.

B. HE SAW THE MEASURE OF THEIR GIVING.

“Many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor

widow, and she threw in two mites.”

1. He saw what the wealthy were giving.

a. They gave much…

b. But they could have given more.

2. He saw what the widow gave.

a. She was the least important person.

“A poor widow”

b. She gave the least impressive part.

“She threw in two mites.”

III. WHAT JESUS SAID

“Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all

they which have cast into the treasury: 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.”

A. JESUS APPRAISED HER GIFT.

1. He knew her circumstances.

“She was poor.”

2. He knew her contribution.

“All that she had.”

3. He knew what it cost her.

“Even all her living.”

B. JESUS APPLAUDED HER GIVING.


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