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?