3 Kings 17.8-16

(Yes, I prefer to number the Samuel books with the Books of the Kings.)

So the word of the Lord came to [Elijah], saying, “Get up, and go into Zarephath of the Sidonians, then abide there; for I have commanded of a widowed woman there to feed you.” And he got up, and went forth to Zarephath.

And when he had come to the gate of the city, there appeared to him a widowed woman gathering wood; and he called her, and said to her, “Give me a little water in a jar to drink.”  And when she was going to bring it, he called after her, saying, “Bring me, I pray you, also a morsel of bread in your hand.”

And she replied, “Upon the life of the Lord your God, I have no bread, nor so much as a handful of flour in a jar, and a little bit of oil in a jug; I am now gathering two branches to go home and make them for myself and my son, to eat and die.”

At this Elijah said, “Do not fear; but go and do as I have said. But first make me a little loaf of bread out of the flour, and bring it to me; and make something for you and your son afterward.  And these things says the Lord God of Israel: The jar of flour will not be lacking, not the jug of oil be diminished, until the day in which the Lord shall give rain upon the face of the land.”

And she went forth, and did according to the word of Elijah; and he ate, and she, and all her house; and from that day the jar of flour was not lacking, and the jug of oil was not diminished, according to the word of the Lord which was spoken in the hand of Elijah.

Hebrews 9.24-28

For Christ did not enter into a holy place made by hands, exemplars of the true,  but into heaven itself,  that he may appear now in the sight of God for us, not to offer himself often as the high priest would enter into the holy place every year in foreign blood, or else he would have needed to suffer since the founding of the world; but now once under the completion of the age, for the destitution of sin, by his own sacrifice, has he appeared. And as it remains for every human being to die once, and after that, judgment—thus also Christ has been offered once to bear away the sins of many; and again, without sin, shall he appear to those who await him, in salvation.

Mark 12.38-44

And as he taught he would say to them, “Beware of scribes who love to walk about in long robes, and greetings in the forum, and the best seats in the synagogues and the first seats at feasts, who devour the homes of widows and under pretexts make long prayers; they will receive the greater judgment.”

And when Jesus sat facing the treasury, he saw how the crowd would put money in the treasury box; and many rich people put in much. And there came this one poor widow, putting in two bits, which is a quarter.  And calling to him his disciples he said to them, “Amen, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all who put into the treasury box. For all of them put in from their excess; but she, from her poverty, put in everything she had, her whole substance.”

 

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