INTRO: This poem is about the Bible Story of the Woman and the Two Coins. Luke 21:1-4. This was another poem I wrote while a Prison Chaplain at the Women’s Correctional Centre in 2017. I wanted to tell this story to encourage the women in prison, that the Chaplains were a representation of God’s love for them. I have included other Bible verses that relate to charity and giving – Luke 20:45-47, Luke 21:1-4, Matthew 25, Deuteronomy 10:18, Psalm 82:3-4, 2 Corinthians 8:12-15, Exodus 16:18. I include a list of reference books, at the end of this poem, that I study on the subject prior to writing this poem. Most of my poems evolve from books that I have read or Bible passages that I have studied. Beverley Joy
One day, Jesus was sitting in the temple teaching the people
He turned to his followers and said:
“Be careful of religious leaders
Who walk with heads held high
Wearing rich fancy clothing
That makes them look important.”
You see, people were forced to show them respect
They sat in front row seats
In the temple and at distinguished events
And said long loud prayers in public.
They cheated widows out of their money
Made them feel guilty and pressured
To give beyond what they can afford
Defenceless, vulnerable women.
Jesus looked up and saw those leaders
Give money so people could see them
Then he saw a poor widow drop in two copper coins
And slip away unnoticed.
Jesus said “This widow gave only two coins
But she has given God more
Then all those wealthy leaders
Who give only what they don’t need.”
Widows were very poor, the poorest class of all
Forced to give more than she could afford
Her money for food and shelter.
She gave a full day’s pay
Why did she give so much?
Why was she so poor
Yet, surrounded by such wealth?
Two coins were the smallest donation
Demanded by the rich leaders
Some of it would line their pockets
To pay for their life of excess.
But the widow gave her gift to God
In thanks for all that he had done
For her people throughout history
So, her gift was acceptable.
She gave money to help maintain
God’s temple where they could pray
For the temple had once been destroyed
For over one hundred years.
God had commanded religious leaders
Way back through Moses
To care for the widows, orphaned and poor
Within their community.
Remember Ruth a despised foreigner?
If Boaz had not offered her protection
She and Naomi would have died of starvation.
Now, what Jesus’ saw was no care at all
For widows, orphaned, sick and the poor
The leaders had not obeyed God’s Law
Passed down through Moses generations before.
Jesus said in Matthew 25:
“When I was hungry you gave me some food
When I was thirsty you gave me a drink
When I was a stranger, you invited me in
When I was naked you clothed me
When I was sick you visited me
When I was in prison you came to me.”
When Jesus was tired and thirsty
The divorced woman gave him a drink
When He was unwanted in his hometown
Mary and Martha fed and housed him.
Naked Jesus died, nailed to a cross
Two friends took him down and wrapped Him in cloth
They buried him in a donated tomb
They helped their friend Jesus as best they could.
Jesus said, “God will one day punish those leaders.”
Then, the temple was destroyed after 70 years
God’s love was revealed in the New Testament
Then, worldwide Christian charity spread.
Today, Christian charity flourishes
People give without expecting a return
Giving money or time or sharing what they can
To help someone less fortunate than themselves.
Beverley Joy © 2017 of Simply Story Poetry. All Rights Reserved.
Read or listen to my poems of Women of the Bible: It Takes Two To Tango The Adulterous Woman of John 8:1-11, She Gave From Her Heart The Woman and the Two Coins Luke 21:1-4, Sweet Temptation Eve Genesis 3, Feast or Famine Ruth and I Am Ruth, ‘Thirst Quenching’ The Woman at the Well, Mary – The Christmas Story Part 2 Four Unusual Women, Part 4 Mary, The Christmas Story Part 5 Mary and Elizabeth, The Busyness Excuse Mary and Martha, Her Touch of Simple Faith The women with the bleeding issue,
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Luke 20:45-47, Luke 21:1-4, Matthew 25, Deuteronomy 10:18, Psalm 82:3-4, 2 Corinthians 8:12-15, Exodus 16:18
Holy Bible: Easy-to-Read Version. 1987 World Bible Translation Centre
The Gospel According to St. Luke An Introduction and Commentary by Rev. Leon Morris 1974. Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians An Introduction and Commentary. R.V.G. Tasker Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
All the Women of the Bible.1967. Herbert Lockyer Zonderva