Bible Stories for Adults
The Widow's Offering
Welcome and Announcements
Next Week - The Great Commission and Ascension (Matt 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11)
Bible Words to Remember:
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2
Disciples Prepared - Review of Last Week (Luke 10:1-24)
How did Jesus prepare His disciples for spreading His good news (gospel) after He left?
How did Jesus teach them to trust in God's provision while doing His work?
How did God show His providence to build this trust in these workers?
With God on their side, were they guaranteed to produce a harvest everywhere they went?
How did this experience turn out? Did the disciples see the hand of God in their harvest?
Did the disciples have this success because they were well-trained and selectively chosen?
Another Preparation (Luke 9:57-62)
Besides trusting in God's provision, what other lesson did Jesus teach his harvest workers?
How did Jesus make this point to a prospective worker before sending out the 70?
How did Jesus respond to the idea of someone picking a time to start working?
Can we take a part-time approach?
Is this commitment to be a disciple a decision we make when we first become Christians?
How much do we have to give to qualify as workers in Christ's harvest field?
Why would anyone even consider accepting such a difficult and costly mission?
The Widow's Offering (Mark 12:41-44)
Where would Jesus find a good place to make an object lesson to His disciples on giving?
Thirteen "trumpets" (narrow top, wide bottom) were along the walls of the Court of the Women
Each collected offerings for special temple purposes - wood, oil, incense, etc.
Offerings were voluntary and showed devotion to God's Temple
Did only the rich give these voluntary offerings since God had blessed them with extra?
Lepton ("the thin one") - Smallest, lightest and lowest value Jewish coin of the time
Two were worth less than a kodrantes - lowest value Roman coin of the time
KJV: two mites, which make up a farthing - mite & farthing are old English coins
Value of two lepta was worth less than one of today's pennies
How did Jesus comment on the worthlessness of the gift of two lepta?
The others had obviously donated more money. How could Jesus say she gave more?
Paul's Example (2 Corinthians 8)
What example did Paul give to the Christians in Corinth to make this same point?
2 Corinthians 8:1-5
Did Paul give this example to help the Corinthians consider making a gift to help other churches?
2 Corinthians 8:8, 10-11
What if their situations had changed and they couldn't meet their pledges?
2 Corinthians 8:12
How Much? (2 Corinthians 9:7)
How do we know how much God wants us to give? A tithe? More?
2 Corinthians 9:7
But God really wants us to give a tithe or more, right?
1 Samuel 16:7
To help us determine how much to give, should we figure our budget to see what is available?
You Reap What You Sow (2 Corinthians 9:6, 11)
Isn't it irresponsible to give before taking care of our own personal obligations?
How does Paul put this?
2 Corinthians 9:6
Are these just nice sayings, or do we have such a promise from God?
How does God respond to our returning from the firstfruits of what He has given us?
Why would God give us many blessings when we give as faithful servants?
2 Corinthians 9:11
How do our gifts go beyond our gifts and the blessings we receive?
2 Corinthians 9:12-15
A Greater Example (2 Corinthians 8:9)
What greater example of a life of giving than the widow and Macedonians do we have?
2 Corinthians 8:9
Why does Paul say Jesus was rich?
Sure, God the Father owns everything in the universe. Why does this mean Jesus was rich?
What are some ways that Jesus, though He was rich, became poor?
Why did Jesus have to give away His rightful riches and become poor for our sake?
Luke 2:22, 24
Examples of Giving (Acts 3:6)
Without material wealth, how could Jesus serve as an example to us of how to give?
What are some examples of ways Jesus gave without having riches?
John 15:9, 11
What are some things Jesus gave that are especially important to us?
John 16:7, 13
The Proper Attitude (John 13:1-17)
When in His ministry did Jesus give the strongest object lesson of giving to His disciples?
What unheard of thing did Jesus do to teach His lesson?
What happened when a disciple tried to stop Him from this improper act?
Did He make sure they understood the object lesson?
How should we determine when, what and how much to give?
Copyright © 1998 by Kurt Rosenhagen
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