In the fifth part of this series we saw how the widow woman gave sacrificially, but that was not the only lesson to be learned from what she did. There was also the lesson of not judging what a person gives. In Mark 12 the scribes kept taunting Jesus with questions, trying to catch him in a lie. We see here how Jesus handled that situation.
Mark 12: 35-41,Jesus pointed out how the scribes sought man's attnetion when they gave, they sought after the high places in the community to be seen, and he took notice of how many rich people gave as well. But he made sure to show the contrast between their giving and the widow's giving.
35"And Jesus answered and said, while he taught in the temple, How say the scribes that Christ is the son of David?
36For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The LORD said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
37David therefore himself calleth him Lord; and whence is he then his son? And the common people heard him gladly.
38And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
39And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:
40Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.
41And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much."
Mark 12:43-44: "And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 44For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."
Another example of giving is with Zaccheus, when he believed in Jesus, his heart condition changed and he felt compelled to make ammends for the ecessive amount that he had take from others before.
Luke 19:8: "And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold."Next we see that the early believers really loved and supported one another by sharing what they had so no one lacked. The Apostles helped distribute the money and goods to those families.
Acts 4: 32-37 "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need. 36And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, 37Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet."
The next part of this series is so exciting! I chose not to write too much commentary on this topic, because I wanted the verses to speak for themselves.