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					      Gospel of Mark

    This is our God the
       Servant King

 ―For even the Son of Man did not
 come to be served, but to serve,
and to give His life as a ransom for
              many‖
             Mark 10:45
                          Context
       Jesus has entered Jerusalem and been received by
            the common people as their Saviour King

        Jesus is in the final week of His life and ministry
                      before going to the Cross

        Jesus has made His presence felt by clearing the
                            Temple

   Jesus has again provoked the hatred of the religious
       leaders who now want Him dead (and quickly)
    Mark Chapter 12

Love the Lord your God
   with all your Mite
                    Mark 12 : 28-31, 41-44

   One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating.
Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of
  all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most
important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our
 God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and
 with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.‗
  The second is this: 'Love your neighbour as yourself. 'There is no
                 commandment greater than these.―…


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. But a poor widow came
  and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a
 penny. 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.
They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in
                 everything—all she had to live on."
                 Principles
          Everything belongs to God

   Giving is a HEART issue not a money
                    issue

   Law and Grace – we give because we
      WANT to not because we HAVE to
Herod’s Temple
Love the Lord your God with all your mite


              Temple Courtyard for Women

              13 trumpet shaped reciprocals

                      Jesus is watching

          Many rich people give large sums

    Poor widow gives only 2 small copper coins
              (often called a mite)
Love the Lord your God with all your mite

    Widow‘s attitude in her giving :

         Gives everything she has
             Total trust in God

               Act of worship

                 Act of love
          What Jesus says about Money
 No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love
  the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You
                    cannot serve both God and Money
                              (Luke 16:13)
 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal…For where your treasure is,
                       there your heart will be also.
                             (Matt 6:19,21)
 From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and
   from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be
                                asked.
                              (Luke 12:48)
                       But woe to you who are rich,
                 for you have already received your comfort.
                              (Luke 6:24)
                  Freely you have received, freely give.
                               (Matt 10:8)
                       Example of Jesus
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet
    for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might
                               become rich.
                                 (2 Cor 8:9)
  And she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and
  placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…
Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord, and to offer a sacrifice
 in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two
                               young pigeons."
                              (Luke 2:7,23-24)
Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son
                    of Man has no place to lay his head.
                                 (Matt 8:20)
After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-
drachma tax came to Peter and asked, "Doesn't your teacher pay the temple
   tax?" "Yes, he does," he replied… Take the first fish you catch; open its
 mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for
                              my tax and yours."
                               (Matt 17:24-17)
    Wider New Testament teaching on Giving
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for
money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many
   griefs…Command those who are rich in this present world not to be
arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put
     their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our
 enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to
                     be generous and willing to share.
                           (1 Tim 6:10, 17,18)
  Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme
poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much
 as they were able, and even beyond their ability….excel in this grace of
                                  giving
                              (2 Cor 8:2-3,7)
  Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and
whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give
    what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under
              compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
                               (2 Cor 9:6,7)
    Me and my (God’s) money

            What is my attitude to money?

        What is my motivation to give?

   How does God view my current giving?

            Is anything going to change?

				
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