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May 30, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

The Bibles Most Challenging Bible Verses: Mark 12:41-44

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.

For other related inspirations visit Shauna Niequist’s post based on her Bible study based on Mark 12:41-44 and the story of the widow’s mite.

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  1. Rodney / May 30 2012 4:10 pm

    This verse can be difficult because most think this is the template for giving. It’s not. Read before and after this verse carefully. The chapter begins with the vineyard parable. A scathing indicted of the pharisees and scribes. Luke 20-21 are the parallel account but go into greater detail. Jesus talks about the devouring of widows homes by the pharisee and scribes. It did not please Jesus that she gave her all, It angered him.
    Luke 21:5-6 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he(Jesus) said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

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