Note: This series is written as a first-person narrative to present Jesus in the context he walked in with the unknown disciple that narrates introducing my thoughts and sparking more ideas with his questions. Enjoy.
After condemning the Pharisees, Jesus walked through the Temple’s Court of Women and sat down across from the temple treasury. Temples in the ancient world doubled as banks since they were considered the safest place to deposit money. Few people were blasphemous enough to risk offending a deity by robbing a temple. Jewish people also donated money to the temple; indeed, every male Jewish adult paid an annual tax for its upkeep.
Jesus looked up, watching the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.
One person stood out. An older woman in threadbare clothes. Jesus watched her put in two tiny copper coins, worth only a few cents. Maybe worth about 10 minutes of work.
Calling us to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.“