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In the synagogues of Jesus’ time, giving came with a public display of offering. Often, the person giving would walk to the collection container and drop in their coins. It was pretty obvious to all how much was given by each person and became a point of pride for many Scribes who took great pleasure in “showing off” their giving.

When a poor widow gives all she haves – which was next to nothing, Jesus marvels to his disciples about the amount she had given. The amount she gave was much greater than the many riches that the Scribes gave due to the incredible sacrifice that accompanied that gift. In today’s sermon, we resume our exploration of the book of Mark with a sermon that first in perfectly after our Giving series just prior.

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