Sep 24, 2011

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I Tell You the Truth | Mark 12:43

I Tell You the Truth | Mark 12:43

When reading the bible I noticed Jesus said the phrase “I tell you the truth . . .” numerous times during His ministry.  I don’t know about you, but when I hear the son of God say, “I tell you the truth . . .”,  I figure it is a good time to listen and try to understand what He is referring to.  Today I will analyzing Mark 12:43.

A Poor Widow Gives All She Has

41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury.  Many rich people threw in large amounts.  42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.  43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-all she had to live on.”

 This snippet of scripture is a perfect example of how money can interfere with our relationship with God.  The rich people were able to give large amounts of money to the temple treasury.  This is fantastic as I think everyone should give at least a 10% tithe to the church but the difference I see this story is that the poor window is putting all of her trust in God, while the rich put some of their trust in God but most in their money.  This is why it is so hard for the rich to enter the gates of Heaven. Think about it, if you are poor and get sick . . . who are you going to put your trust in?  You are going to put your God because He is the only thing that you got, so you have to put 100% of your trust in Him.  Flip the scenario to a rich person.  If you have money, you might put a little trust in God, but most of your trust will in the money you use to buy yourself a plane ticket to John Hopkins, have the best doctors treat you, and give you access to the best medicine.  God wants 100% of our trust and yet we continually chose to put our trust in the dollar.  You might be thinking, “I don’t have to worry about money getting in the way of my relationship because I’m not rich.”  Guess what?  If you live in America, You’re rich!

Don’t believe me,  listen to Mark Norman talk about Jesus and Money. (Click “Open” on the pop-up to listen)

 

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