Mark 12: 41 – 44 The widow’s offering

Seeking the Light

Mark 12: 41 – 44 The widow’s offering

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few pence.

Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.’

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The widow gave two very small copper coins. They weren’t valueless, like a cent or a penny today; you could definitely buy something with them; but you couldn’t buy very much. The best ‘guesstimate’ I’ve seen of their value is that they could have bought…

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