The Problem with Some Scribes
As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes,
who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with
respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the
synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows'
houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will
receive the greater condemnation."
He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the
crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in
large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins,
which are worth a penny.
Then he called his disciples and said to them, "Truly
I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who
are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed
out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in
everything she had, all she had to live on."
A Penny for Your Thoughts
The scribes, Pharisees and Jesus could sometimes find
common ground, but Jesus did not mince words when it came to calling
out false piety and hypocrisy. In contrast to insincere faith
is the old woman who gives all she has to God. Most stewardship
drives at church try to guilt members into giving more (e.g.,
tithing it all to the church), when very often it's the church
that is not a good steward of what they receive. Lord, help us
help our institutions live up to your standards.
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