The Widow’s Mite and First-Fruits Giving

It struck me as funny tonight when I realized that the famous widow of the Gospels that gave her last mite into the temple treasury was not giving her “first fruits.” If she had done what we constantly push in the church, wouldn’t she have given first to the Temple treasury, and then kept the rest for herself? Maybe she would have been able to give a little more if she had thought about it a little more ahead of time. I don’t know–just seemed funny in a way. We always talk “First fruits giving,” and yet here is this widow who gave her last penny. And yet, we use her as the paragon of virtue for stewardship. Chuckle, chuckle.


About Rev. Paul L. Beisel

Graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN in 2001 (M Div.) and 2004 (S.T.M.); LC-MS Pastor and Adjunct Instructor for John Wood Community College; Husband of Amy and father of Susan, Elizabeth, Martin, and Theodore.
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3 Responses to The Widow’s Mite and First-Fruits Giving

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  2. Bob says:

    Both Mark & Luke would indicate that the widow was about !00% giving…”all that she had.” Your assumption is that there was “more” from which the offering had come. Please help me understand, either textually or culturally, where that “more” is indicated. Thank you for a thought provoking post.

  3. Tim says:

    From what I read, it doesn’t say anything except she gave of her last – as indicated by chuckes…
    I do see the point that she gave of her last too. yet it doesn’t say that she didn’t give of her first fruits as well… How many of us would down to our last penny or two or three -would give it away or give it to God… I think that is what Jesus is pointing out too – that she gave out of her poverty and all she had to live on. This – as little as it was – was in Jesus’ eyes MORE than all the others compbined!! I think this is the point we are to ponder more and more in our heart and mind… Thanks for each of your responses. It helped me reflect on this more.

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