DON'T DRESS LIKE THE RICH, BE LIKE THE POOR WIDOW
February 15, 2015
Luke 20:41-21:4 ESV:  But he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is David's son?  For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,  until I make your enemies your footstool.”’  David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?”  And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples,  “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,  who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box,  and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.  And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them.  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
After facing an inquisition from the religious leaders, Jesus takes direct aim at them and makes clear they are not positive examples of faith. Instead, Jesus tells us to be like a very unlikely candidate, a poor widow.
Don’t be like the religious leaders.
- They had too limited a view of the Messiah.
- They cared more about being praised than celebrating God.
Be like the poor widow.
- Her giving reflected her heart.
- She was all in.