Today’s reading is Luke 21.
You know what would be super cool? To be Jesus’s ultimate example. Think about it. How would you like it if Jesus called His disciples together, pointed at you, and said, “You know all this stuff I’ve been talking about for the past three years? That person right there, that person is getting it right. That person is what I’ve been talking about.” Wouldn’t that be cool? That actually happened. Luke recorded it, but I’ve overlooked it most of my life because it is just four verses, the person isn’t even named, and I always thought it was just written to teach us about how to give into the collection. I’m talking about the unnamed widow who put two little coins into the temple treasury. Really, I encourage you to reread all of Luke and see if you can’t see how so much of what Jesus taught culminates in the example of this widow. Even in this immediate context she is set up as a contrast not merely to the rich that are likely looking down on her paltry contribution, but as a contrast to the scribes from the end of the previous chapter. You would think that men who spend their days copying and teaching God’s law would stand out as the ultimate examples. No. They are pretenders who look spiritual but actually defraud widows. As Luke records it, almost as soon as Jesus highlights this about the scribes he sees a literal widow who isn’t defrauding others. She isn’t taking from the less fortunate. Rather, she is defrauding herself in order to support the temple. As Jesus had said to the brothers arguing about an inheritance, life isn’t made up of possessions. Now we see a woman who really believes that. Wow! I want to be more like her.
Tomorrow’s reading is Luke 21.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, examples can be found in odd places. Who would have thought that a poor widow surrounded by wealthy contributors would be the great example. But she is. This goes all the way back to Luke 1:46-55 when Mary praised God. She pointed out that God scatters the proud, brings down the mighty, sends the rich away empty while exalting the humble and filling the hungry with good things. Now, as we get close to the end of the gospel account we meet one of those humble and hungry saints. What does Jesus do? He exalts her above all those wealthy people around her. Take care who you set up as your great example. Make sure to follow the example of those Jesus exalts.