Jesus… Wolves + A Widow
Mark 12:38-44 NASB
38 In His teaching He was saying: “Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places, 39 and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, 40 who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.”
41 And He sat down opposite the treasury, and began observing how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which amount to a cent. 43 Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the contributors to the treasury; 44 for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
- Warning – 12:38-40
- Widow – 12:41-44
- Is your heart more inclined to view God as a generous giver or a demanding taker? Where does that view come from and how has that impacted how you treat others? How has He been benevolent in your life?
- When you hear the story of the widow’s mite, what is your initial thought, reaction, or attitude? In what ways have you interacted with this story before? Who is the hero in this story? How do you interact with the story after hearing it again this week?
- What is God’s clear position and attitude toward the weak, helpless, and vulnerable like the orphan and the widow? (Exodus 22:22/Deuteronomy 10:18/Ps 146:9/Proverbs 15:25/Jeremiah 7:5-7/James 1:27) How does that line up or challenge your view? In what areas do you need to change or repent?
- In what ways do we use our own positions to use people? What would it look like to use our position to serve, love, care, share, and model the generosity and goodness of God? How have you experienced people serving you from a position of power? How can you serve those in your sphere of influence this week?