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In Mk.12:41-44, Jesus Christ showed us an example of the NT giving as opposed to the 10% that all Christendom is giving to the Lord as the portion due to Him. The remarkable thing here was that this type of giving was not legislated, and God will not clubber your head if you do not adhere to the OT law of tithing. The giving was not even imposed here, but the ministers justify 10% as what God commanded and demanded according to the law of tithing in the OT. (Mal.3:8-12)
In the NT, God wants our giving to be motivated by His love and human needs, and not by the Law that is legislated. In the NT God does not compel us to give, but He only makes us willing to respond to His mercy, love, grace and goodness.
The widow was operating under the OT Law, but her action was motivated by the NT reality of the love of Christ for sinners in giving Himself to God regardless of the sins of the world. Christ sat over against the Treasury, and watched the rich and wealthy cast their money into it. He knew the hearts of men and that these men were filthy rich. They cast into it a meager amount in proportion to their wealth, and He was sad because their giving did not reflect the size of their wallets.
As He was observing the people responding to God in giving, He noticed a widow. She had nothing, but she gave the best and the highest to God unlike the rich who gave a percentage of their wealth. The widow would always be in need, and what she had would never be enough for her. She purposed in her heart that she would give her needs to God for His care, and therefore, she placed herself in the hands of God to meet her needs. She gave all that she had, trusting that God would give her all that she needed. What a tremendous faith in God this widow had, and Christ drew the attention of His disciples to it in the midst of the big guns in the matter of giving to God.
Giving has to do with whether God is enough for you, or your meager earning is what you are depending on to bring you out of your poverty. It is a question of trust and faith in God. Are you going to trust in the little that you have, or give it to God anyway, and trust Him to use humanity to respond to you as He blesses. The choice is yours! The rich and wealthy trust in their abundance, and gave God a fraction of what they possessed, but the widow of this world give all that they have to God, because it is not wealth, but God who will meet their needs. The poor widow exchanged her poverty for God, and threw all that she had into the treasury to trust in the God who will meet the needs of the widows of this world at the points of their helpless situations.
So, it not the money that really counts here, but God who can provide for the needy out of the fish’s mouth, or the supply of bread by the Raven, sent by God to meet Elijah’s needs. When it comes to the issues of giving, it is not money, wealth or riches that are the problems here, but God is. Will a person who has nothing trust God? Are we going to trust God to meet our needs? Will the ministers of God teach the saints to look away from money, and cast their gaze on God? Do you believe in God as your supplier and provider? This is greater issue here. The rich and wealthy trust in their wealth, but the needy look away from money to the living God who is the Possessor of heaven and earth. (Gen.14:22)
The lesson here is not about money, giving and wealth, but the God who is more than all of these. Are we going to trust Him for our lives? Do riches have to trump God, and replace Him so that all we can see is money that is here today, and vanish tomorrow. God is a very present help in the time of need, and we can trust Him with our possessions. Learn this lesson, and fasten it upon your heart.