Visiting the widows

Let’s walk around, for a while, in the context of what Jesus said about the widow’s mites. This context brings up some startling questions. It is found in Luke 20:45-Luke 21:6.

45And while all the people were listening, He said to the disciples, 46“Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love respectful greetings in the market places, and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets, 47who devour widows’ houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”
1And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 2And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 3And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.”
5And while some were talking about the temple, that it was adorned with beautiful stones and votive gifts, He said, 6“As for these things which you are looking at, the days will come in which there will not be left one stone upon another which will not be torn down.”

Actually the context is larger than this, but I am looking first at the discussion of the Widow.

This incident is couched between 1. Jesus warning about the Scribes who “devour widows’ houses”, and, 2. Jesus saying that the Temple would be destroyed. This came after commending her for giving more in truth than the supposedly big givers to the Temple. Luke tells us that the disciples were commenting on how nice the temple looked. How the Temple “looked” was one thing, and what went on in the hearts of the people of the Temple was another. while it is valid to say that Jesus was commending her for her giving, is it also possible that Jesus was challenging the Temple leadership for their lack of giving, in particular to this widow. Truth is… they should have been giving to her.

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