Portraits of Gratitude

Sep 30, 2018 | Dr. Craig Price

Portrait of Sacrifice: The Impoverished Widow

Ancient Biblical World Concepts

  • Tithe
    Scribes: ruthless


  • Widows: impoverished and vulnerable
  • Rich: a class of people in ancient Israel

 The Rich

  • “Rich” were the upper class, opposite of the ”poor”
  • No middle class •Ancient attitude toward “rich” was negative
  • “Rich” = greed, power, unscrupulous
  • “Poor” = vulnerable, defenseless, no hope
  • St Jerome, “Every rich person is a thief, or heir of a thief!”
  • Hieremiam 2.5.2

Luke 20:45–47
Jesus Condemns the Self-Centered Scribes

Luke 21:1
Jesus Observes the Rich Giving Their Offerings

Luke 21:2–3
Jesus Observes the Widow’s Offering

Luke 21:4
Jesus’ Comments on the Scene


  • The size of a “gift” does not always reflect the degree of sacrifice
  • The “widow’s mite” represents a great sacrifice!
  • It’s not the number of coins, but ... the nature of the heart

Stewardship is a Matter of:

  • Obedience...
  • Gratitude...
  • Thankfulness...
  • Sacrifice...

Luke 6:38
“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

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