A Woman Who Impressed God
Mark 12: 41-44
It is a mild Sabbath morning in the Palestinian City of Jerusalem. The sun has
notyet risen to full strength, and yet people are already lined up all the way down the dusty road which leads to the Holy
Temple. Smoke is in the air because of the animals that have already been sacrificed and burned on the altar. And in that
slow moving line,
there are rich and poor alike, carrying with them the offerings that are to be presented for the Lord
The line leads to a small square room lined with metal collection boxes. the boxes
have metal horns extending out of them, to receive the offerings of the people. As you can imagine, the coins make a constant
clanging noise as they are cast into the receptacles.
Most of the people shuffling along, quickly make their donation, and move on. But one
person, who has already given His offering, stands over in the corner with His disciples. And notice that it DOES NOT SAY
that Jesus is watching WHAT everyone is giving but rather “HOW the people put money into the treasury.” Of course,
also in the room, supervising the money boxes, are several priests. As the wealthy citizens pass by and make loud clanging
noises by virtue of their many coins, they seem to draw favored glances. Many seem quite impressed at the generosity of those
who cast an abundance of big, heavy coins into the boxes.
And it is not surprise that no one pays particular attention to one frail, little lady
who enters the room. Only one person sees her, and that is the One who sees all. But she nonetheless stops at the collection
terminal. She then reaches into a tiny sachet and carefully draws out 2 rather insignificant coins -- mites, the smallest
currency used by the Romans. She tosses both of these lightweight coins into the big metal box, but their faint click is drowned
out by the heavy clanking of more substantial coins made by the wealthy patrons. So, no one notices her. After all, what difference
would her two tiny tokens make?
But Jesus is impressed. He is so impressed that he singles this woman out to the entire multitude and
cheerfully confesses that her offerings are more important that those made by men of wealth and prestige. And he recognizes
her seemingly uneventful giving by telling the disciples and by having this episode permanently recorded both in the Gospel
of Mark and the Gospel of Luke, insuring HER a place in history!
“Why was Jesus so impressed with the widow who gave her two mites?” What was it that caused him
to stop and single her out of the crowd? Why did he honor her minute gift so proudly and publicly?
I. BECAUSE OF HIS KNOWLEDGE OF HER
1. He knew she was a poor widow. How could He know this?
A. Did He figure it out based upon the lady’s appearance.
1. She was likely dressed
like a poor person
2. He knew that the 2 mites she gave were all that she had? How
did He know this?
A. Jesus was (and is) God in the flesh!
B. No big deal for Jesus to have supernatural knowledge
3. He knew her heart! (He could feel her love)
4. Jesus knows things about us that no one else knows!
A. That’s a sobering thought, isn’t it?
B. That is why He ignored the pompous, glory seeking hypocrites
but noticed the poor widow lady.
5. He knows and understands your plight!
A. Suffering emotionally today? Are you
B. Burdened with worries and concerns?
C. Going through a financial, physical, emotional or
spiritual crisis? “Jesus knows all about our struggles
II BECAUSE OF HER ATTITUDE
1. What was she doing at the temple? Why was she there?
2. SHE BELIEVED IN GOD’S WORK!
A. She truly WANTED TO GIVE.
B. Notice how she gave.
1. She didn’t make a big show or
let people know.
2. Contrast “Phariseeical”
giving and her giving.
3. She quietly and cheerfully sacrificed
her whole living
III BECAUSE OF HER FAITH
1. This woman apparently had no one else to help her in life.
A. Her husband was dead, she was left destitute.
B. Had no other relatives, because the Levitical Law would have
called on them to support
C. She was all alone. She wasn’t even with a friend!
2. What those 2 little coins represented!
A. To a wealthy person, 2 mites were virtually useless
B. But, to this woman, the sum total of her livelihood!
C. Her last meal! They were absolutely all that she owned!
3. Notice what happened when this poor widow gave her all.
A. She demonstrated that she was Totally and absolutely
dependant upon God
4. Have you ever been absolutely, totally dependent upon God?
A. You have NEVER known incredible sacrifice, then you have
never known what it means to depend on God. And if you have
never known what it means to depend
on God, you don’t know
what it means to be a disciple!
B. “Pastor David, how can you be so abrasive!” I’m
not. Jesus is.
1. Listen to His words in (Lk.14:33):
So likewise, whosoever
he be of
you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be
C. LISTEN, we shouldn’t be upset when we are placed in
desperate situations. Because with
God “Importunity =
Opportunity! Trials become Teachable Moments!
become Possibilities! Sorrow finds Comfort!
become His Supply!”
SOMEBODY SAY AMEN!!!
A woman missionary in the South Pacific Islands was explaining to a group of children the custom
and significance of giving gifts at Christmas. "Giving gifts," she said, "expresses love and reminds us of the perfect gift
of love we received from God: Jesus." Later that week, a young native boy came to the missionary's side and said, "I love
you and want you to have this." He pulled from a straw basket the most beautiful shell the missionary had ever seen. As she
admired its beauty, she recognized it as a special shell only found on the far side of the island, a half day's walk from
the village. When confronted by this, the boy smiled and said, "Long walk part of gift!"
God "walked" 2000 years with his people before sending the gift of Jesus. And he has walked 2000 more
years expressing the significance of Him!