Mark 12:41 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. 3 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.
The Bible Jesus is often much different than people’s religious ideas about Jesus. The Bible Jesus is the One you can get a view of from the illumination from Scripture itself not men’s opinions, ideas, or traditions. Here in Mark’s Gospel we see three things about Jesus you may not be aware of:
- OUR MASTER’S POSITION V. 41
He positioned Himself where the money came into the treasury. He wants to observe what is going on with regard to people’s money. Money is important to God because it represents a part of our life. It took a part of our life to attain it and the giving of our money is the giving of our life; conversely, the withholding of our money represents the withholding of our life from God. God sees our heart in our giving of money.
- OUR MASTER’S PERCEPTION VV. 41. 42
He is observing how people gave their money. Many that were rich cast in much or large amounts. A poor widow cast in a very small amount but Jesus said she cast more in than all those who have cast into the treasury. Jesus measured by Heaven’s arithmetic: not by the amount given but the amount given in proportion to what was kept. I thought we were not supposed to know what people give and that we were not to let the left hand know what the right hand did? That was in giving alms or giving to the poor Matthew 6:3 but that is not a hard and fast rule over all giving. Jesus, the Lord Himself, is observing people’s giving and the amounts that they give.
- OUR MASTER’S PRAISE VV. 43, 44
He praises the poor widow’s giving as being more generous, not of just one other person, but giving more in than ALL they that cast into the treasury. He has to be calculating as He is observing to be able to say that. The others who gave did so out of their abundance but the widow gave out of her want and out of her substance for living. She gave sacrificially and was commended or praised by the Master. Giving out of our abundance is acceptable but not the only kind of giving. In sacrificial giving our lifestyle is changed, our priorities are re-arranged, and we give up something we value for something we value more.
Never let the size of your offering belittle your giving heart. Generous giving isn’t based on the size or amount of your offering but in proportion to what you have and what is kept.