Monday, March 5, 2012
Welcome to Day 64 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Deuteronomy 1, Moses’s final discourse to the Israelites… he reminds them (again) of the promise the Lord made to them… Recaps the appointing of their leaders… and reminds them of their sin and the result.
Deuteronomy 2, yet another recap of recent events as they begin to posses the land of their inheritance…
Mark 12, parable of the vineyard workers, Jesus is questioned about taxes, marriage and heaven, and the greatest commandment to entrap him. (Nice try. Didn’t work…) Then Jesus warned his disciples about the teachers of law.
41 “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. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”
Love the story of the poor widow. Jesus pays attention… he notices…
I wonder what Jesus would say if he watched me?
He was impressed by the size of her heart… her generosity in light of not having much… that she (by comparison) gave more than all the others.
This passage has been used to manipulate people into giving “everything–all she had…” That’s not the point of this passage. The point is that she did that on her own. That she gave out of her poverty all that she had. Jesus was impressed by that. God is impressed by sacrifice and generosity.
Help me to have a generous heart…