“Analysis of the Gospel of Luke Chapter 20 verses 45-47 and Luke Chapter 21 verses 1-4,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
My dear Christians and non-Christians, and you of all faiths and thoughts and all views and opinions, I bid you and ask you to join with me in another voyage of intellectual discovery where those who may wish to engage in critical thinking and do not engage in and accept media lies, falsehoods, political code words, and hype can join in the effort to gain truth and facts amid the barrage of corruption and virtual darkness we are confronted with and befuddled and made effective fools of. I welcome you in this quest and task of attaining and coming to know intellectual honesty and honest discernment. Join with me in this voyage of discovery to get at and find what is valid and authentic in the world of confusion and to come with me in tearing apart he curtain of lies and darkness that hides from us what is truth and facts.
Today I set about once again with great humility and hesitation to an achieve a possible understanding and comprehension of the words and thoughts of the living god Jesus Christ, the savior and redeemer of all mankind and for all of us who choose to believe and attain faith the one who can and does rescue us from our encasement in sin. I present this interpretation of these passages aware of the great honor and privilege in undertaking this task and do hope that those who read my words will gain some benefit in what I seek to do here to shed some light on the words of the true god as he speaks from his holy words and speaks to us from the mansions and precincts of heaven in the company of all the angels archangels in communion with all the persons of the holy trinity and all the saints past present and to come.
The passages I present here to speak about are found in the gospel of Luke chapter 20:45-47, on Jesus’s commentary on the sin of pride and chapter 21:1-4, the offering of the widow. “And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, ‘Beware of the scribes who like to go about in long robes and love salutations in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts who devour widows houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnations.’” Also, Luke 20:45-47 and Luke 21:1-4 where it says, “He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins. And he said, ‘Truly I tell you this poor widow has put in more than all of those for they contributed out of their abundance but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had.’”
As for the first from Luke chapter 20, this passage has two elements I think. The first is a warning against pride where Jesus notes the fault of wearing long robes and having salutations in the marketplace and the best seats of honor on the synagogue and make a pretense of long prayer. Jesus warns here against the surface of religious belief and the exhibitions. I think of pride in one’s religious status and also seeking self-love and admiration from the masses. Second, Jesus is concerned with the heart and with moral actions now with surface religiosity and ostentation and notes that these same persons who show themselves so great and seek to be seen as greater and above others nevertheless devour widows’ houses and for the reality of their sinful lives and actions and behavior, they will receive greater condemnation.
This is my attempt at what I think is a possible interpretation of this passage in Luke and now I seek to present a second interpretation of Luke chapter 21:1-4 where we are told Jesus comments as follows on the rich putting their gifts into the treasury and he tells us the poor widow put in all she had. “The rich put in out of their abundance but this poor widow in her poverty put in all that she had.” This is what I make of this passage. Jesus tells us here he looks at the heart and in the sacrifice of this widow who in her poverty gave all she had. The rich did what was easy for them and did not make the sacrifice the widow made in giving all she had. The widow’s love of god in her offering where she gave all she had to god was much greater than the rich who in their ease and once again in their surface exhibition of piety was seen through by god as he looks at and understands their souls and spirits and sees the spiritual greatness of the widow’s sacrifice. Finally, here Jesus makes us understand and notes that the true worship of god revolves around a concern for society’s weakest and neediest members, represented by the widow and not the prideful religious leaders of the day and the wealthy. Jesus speaks of the generosity of the widow and we are being prepared for the sacrificial love of Jesus and his suffering and death for all humanity
My dear friends, I hope I have given you some light and elucidation of these passages from the gospel of Luke and, more important, I urge you to read and reread these gospel passages where, as always, Jesus lifts and raises our spirits souls and minds to his greater level.