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Passion Week

The Widow's Offering

Scripture

Mark 12:41-44
Luke 21:1-4

Commentary

The widow's offering or the widow's mite as this story is sometimes known is an example of sacrificial giving.  Although it is a very small amount that is given, it is not given out of the extra money that is left over at the end of the month the way most give.  Instead, the widow makes a sacrifice of the money that she had to live on to support the temple.

Most people today do not give sacrificially nor did they in Jesus' time.  While most Christians do not even tithe ten percent, the truth is that most people can afford to give ten percent of their income without having to cut out necessities.  Such giving may cause a cut in luxuries but few people give to the church while worrying how to eat the following day.  The widow's offering is an example of someone who trusts God to provide for all of their needs no matter what.

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