Everybody Loves Somebody

Everybody Loves Somebody!

Mark 12:38-44

38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts:40 Which devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

Too often we love others because we receive love in return.  Think about this, we love God because He First loved us (1 John 4:19). This is not to cast love in a bad light, but to show that our love is imperfect at best. As a result we either love self or we love God.

Below are just two examples of love as it applies to us

Some people love a fool

Fool – it’s defined as a person who is silly or stupid person who lacks good judgement

It’s a strong word

It’s a word that we should not use lightly

Raca – refers to an empty headed person

“Religious” fool – the men were foolish in choosing not to follow God

They would walk around in elaborate clothing

They would expect to be worshiped as they walked in public

They were the local celebraties and were used to draw crowds to parties

They would profit in the extorsion of their town’s widows

They would pray loudly enough for as many people to hear them as possible

Jesus said they were headed for a great and terrible judgment

God had placed them where they were

They took advantage of that position

The religious fools still exist today

It happens in mega churches

It also happens in small churches

Many teach salvation by works

Salvation can only be attained by asking Jesus for it

“Rich” Fool – the men who love themselves

They gave great sums of money

It was treated more like a tip

Some would hire trumpeters to play as they gave their money

They wanted recognition of their giving by the people around

Rich fools exist today still

They believe their works will save them

Only Jesus’s work on the cross will save them

Some people love the Lord

They show love by giving all that they have

The poor woman gave a fraction of an average day’s wages

She gave all she could give

It was nothing as compared to the rest of the giving that was going on

Her money was equal to pennies

It was everything to God

Her gift was without fanfare

Her gift was everything she had to give

We are still talking about her gift today

Our “giving” reveals our love for the Father

God can to amazing things with the little gifts we give, but the real point to this passage is the attitude of the heart.

Who do you really love?

Has God spoken to your heart about who you love?

What can you do about it?

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