Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Bible Study 8/31-9/1 Mark 12:38-44

Scribes - Pharisees and Giving

Mark 12:38-44 (ESV)
38  And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces
39  and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,
40  who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
41  And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums.
42  And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.
43  And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.
44  For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Mark Questions 12:38-44
1. What is a “scribe”?
2. What is hypocrisy and why is it dangerous?
3. What is the “greater condemnation” that the scribes would receive?
4. How did the scribes “devour widows houses”?
5. Should a prayer be long or short explain?
6. Why do we give offerings?
7. How much should you give?
8. Have you ever given a special “large sum” of money to the church?
9. What did it mean to be a widow in Jesus day?
10. What is the difference between “out of abundance” and “out of poverty”?

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