As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”
It’s only been a moment or two since Jesus made His remark about the teachers of the law and their tendency to “devour widows’ houses” and then what should happen? Right there in front of them rich people are making a show of putting large sums into the collection box, followed by a poor widow putting in just a couple of copper coins. How’s that for timing?
As Jesus points out, the rich are putting in large sums they will never miss, and the poor widow is putting all she has and will likely go hungry as a result.
In strictly earthly terms, the rich with their large sums are buying influence and high honor with their contributions; no doubt the bystanders are quite impressed with the substantial sound of all that money clanging around in the collection box; how pious they must be!
Who would even notice the poor widow and her trivial contribution; get out of the way so someone can make a real contribution!
God, it would seem, isn’t all that impressed with the large contribution, for the rich person will not notice that it is gone. God takes note of the person who gives everything they have to His service, whether it is a great amount or a tiny amount, for they have given their all.
This provides a huge contrast with the false piety of those who would shortly have Jesus killed.