38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
41 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. 42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 43 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: 44 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 12:38-44 (KJV)
This sounds similar to many of the religious leaders, preachers on television who promise great dividends for sending in their offerings. They are really nothing short on theives [wolves] in sheeps clothing. They love the greetings of the people; they really love the offerings of the people. What they love most is approval, and the adulation of the crowds.
Lest someone judge me for making this judgment let me say this. Jesus is the one who is making this judgment. You need not worry about my “judgment” it is His which will hold muster in the end.
The boastfulness and arrogance of the religious leaders is astounding. As a matter of fact it makes Jesus sick. These love to have all the attention focused upon them. They like the service they do simply because it gives them notoriety and privilege. They will take the homes of the widows without remorse, and plead for the widow to continue to give unto the end.
A widow woman comes and cast “Two mites” into the “treasury”. It seems this was all that she had, and Jesus gives her more adulation than those who gave from their wealth. This woman gave all she had, the wealthy gave only a portion of what they had. It does not matter how much you give as long as you give it all to the Lord. If the Lord has it all you will guard what you have left and use it wisely for God’s glory. Does God have all that you hold in your possession? Does He have you?
Tim A. Blankenship