Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Poor Widow's Mite (LS60)

           'Last Sermon of Jesus'

Mark 12:38-40 Then He said to them in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation."
    Our Lord Jesus condemned the depraved condition of the spiritual leaders during His time. They were so covetous for money that they even devour widow's houses, which is an abomination.
Mat 23:14 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation."

Mark 12:41-44 Now Jesus sat opposite the treasury and saw how the people put money into the treasury. And many who were rich put in much. Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans. So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
    These covetous spiritual leaders did not spare this poor widow but deceived her into giving to Yahweh her whole livelihood leaving her to face hunger and starvation. It is no wonder that our Lord clearly warned that when we are covetous we cannot serve God.
Luke 16:13-15 "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon." Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."

2Tim 3:1-7 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters,... despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
    In these last days, covetous Christian leaders are not qualified to serve God. They shamelessly devour the homes of single mothers, widows and fornicators (gullible women loaded down with sins). These poor single mothers deceived by false prophecies and heresies using the name of God, give sacrificially to the deceivers in order to receive healing, deliverance and blessings for their children. These single mothers normally cannot afford medical help, and just like the widows during the days of our Lord, these depraved spiritual leaders will not spare them thus leaving them to face poverty and greater financial difficulties. Repent you evil workers and deceivers or else you will be thrown into the lake of fire.

Rom 1:32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.
    Brethren, if we have supported or approved the abominable practices of these covetous leaders, then we too have to repent.