Two Copper Coins

41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” - Mark 12:41-44 (ESVUK)

Jesus makes a paradoxical declaration about the poor women. He says she put more money than all the other offerings together. How do two copper coins worth a penny come above all donations of people in the temple? Clearly, Jesus witnessed many rich men’s large sum offering. In reality, two copper coins are hardly enough to feed the poor widow gain herself a nice onetime meal. Does Jesus really mean it when he said? Is it a literal meaning or a metaphor as He is known for some oblivious parables?

As the second person in the Trinity, Jesus’ claim is not to be considered as an analogy. However, in reality, the widow’s offering is just a mite. It does not hold strong material possession. For example, it can’t help much or no use to manage the temple’s expense coverage.

Did Jesus was happy when it happened? I think He was pleased with the widow’s trust in God. But He was angry toward religious leaders. They are supposed to take care of poor widows, orphans, and slaves according to mosaic law. Instead, they exploited the widow by forcing her to give up her all possession. They are only doing good things to look good before people. There is no lucid heart on what their hand does. Everything is to gain attention so that society thinks they are godly persons. But godman Jesus was not falling for their publicity.

Jesus is not an ordinary person to fall for the publicity stunt by Pharisees. Rather He tells the crowd that the widow offered more money than anyone at the temple. Jesus did like the widow by offering himself to us for our sins. He died on the cross and conquered the death for us, so that we may live. He fully obeyed God the Father, trusted Him completely.

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