- Matthew 23:1-39
- Mark 12:38-44
- Luke 20:45-21:4
- Matthew 24:1-35
- Mark 13:1-31
- Luke 21:5-33
“Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.'” –Luke 21:2-4, ESV
Jesus tells us in other scriptures that the Father who sees what is done in private will be rewarded. We have no indication in this Luke passage that the widow had any idea that Jesus was watching. She walked up to the synagogue with all she had and gave it to God for His house. Those who wanted public attention for their gifts received it, but only in shame to the woman who had nothing and yet gave it all. Remember, a widow in that time was likely destitute. Without sons to care for her, she would have likely had no source of income. And what little she had, she gave to God. She contributed to building God’s kingdom. She had no idea how the coins would be used; she had even less of an idea that her story would be an example for generations to come.
She gave out of her poverty, and we reap the reward. We receive the obvious lesson about giving, but more than that, Jesus shows us that He is watching. He points out that which was done in secret thereby affirming in the flesh that His rewards are true.