120 A widow gives everything to God.

Matthew 24:1–2; Mark 12:41–44; 13:1–2; Luke 21:1–6

What reasons did the rich people have for giving so much (Mark 12:41)?

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On average, what percentage of their incomes do you think most Christians give to church ministry?

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How does charitable giving among Christians compare with non-Christians?

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How does charitable giving among Christians compare with non-Christians?

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How did Jesus know that the widow wasn’t also giving out of her abundance (Mark 12:44)?

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Why were Jesus’ disciples so impressed with the appearance of the Temple (Mark 13:1)?

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What did Jesus mean when he said all the great buildings would be destroyed (Mark 13:2)?

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In the Temple, sitting across from the offering box, Jesus watched people giving their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. A poor widow put in two copper coins that were worth next to nothing. Jesus called his disciples and said, “The truth is, this poor widow has given more than all those rich people together. The rich gave a portion of their abundance that they will never miss, but she has given all she had to live on.”

Eyewitness

Mark 12:41–44 “The people of Nineveh give evidence to condemn this generation, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah. Behold, someone greater than Jonah is here, but you do not repent. The Queen of Sheba will testify and condemn this generation, because she came from far away to hear the wisdom of Solomon. Now someone wiser than Solomon is here, but you refuse to listen. When an evil spirit leaves a person, it wanders through barren places in search of rest but finds none. It then says, ‘I know. I will return to the person I left.’ It finds its former home empty, swept clean, and ready to be occupied.
Luke 21:1–4 In the Temple, Jesus watched the rich people putting their money into the offering box. He also saw a poor widow put in two copper coins that were worth next to nothing. Jesus said, “The truth is, the poor widow has given more than all the others. “Everyone else gave a portion of their abundance that they will never miss, but she has given all she had to live on.”
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Mark 12:41–44 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Luke 21:1–4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

As Jesus left the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at the impressive stone work and the beauty of these buildings.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 24:1 As Jesus left the Temple, his disciples pointed out how impressive the Temple construction was.
Mark 13:1 As Jesus left the Temple, one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at the impressive stone work and the beauty of these buildings.”
Luke 21:5 Some were talking about the Temple, how magnificent the stonework was and the beauty of the furnishing that had been given.
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Matthew 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.
Mark 13:1 And as he went out of the temple, one of his disciples saith unto him, Master, see what manner of stones and what buildings are here!
Luke 21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

“Do you see all these buildings as something great?” Jesus said. “I guarantee, their destruction will be so great, one stone will not be left standing on the other.”

Eyewitness

Matthew 24:2 “Do you see all these buildings as something great?” Jesus said. “I guarantee, their destruction will be so great, one stone will not be left standing on the other.”
Mark 13:2 “Do you see all these buildings as something great?” Jesus said. “Their destruction will be so great, one stone will not be left standing on the other.”
Luke 21:6 “Do you see these things as something great?” Jesus said. “Their destruction will be so great, one stone will not be left standing on the other.”
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Matthew 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Mark 13:2 And Jesus answering said unto him, Seest thou these great buildings? there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
Luke 21:6 As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.