Luke 20:45-21:4 Scribal Hypocrisy vs Widow's Sincerity
Bill Throne preached through Jesus' teaching on the hypocrisy of the respected and religious scribes in direct contrast to the sincerity of the poor widow who offered two small copper coins out of her poverty.
While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.” As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” (Luke 20:45–21:4, NIV)