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21 Days of Prayer and Fasting: Daily Devotionals
Daily devotional readings and prayers to encourage you during these 21 days of prayer and fasting.
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In this passage, Jesus instituted what we call “The Lord’s Supper” as he celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples. On Thursday, the night before his death.
The Passover had been celebrated every year at this time ever since Moses led the Hebrew people out of slavery in Egypt 1400 years earlier to cross the Red Sea. God used 10 plagues to harden Pharoah’s heart, not allowing the Hebrews to leave.
The line to the offering box was long. Commoners emptied their small bags of coins into the metal receptacle, while wealthy old men proudly dumped in their big bags of coins. And in their midst, a widow’s cloak ducked behind the gilded robes, slipped through the line, and put in two copper coins, “plink plink.” The Pharisees snickered, the chief priests scoffed, but Jesus really saw. He didn’t just see the two copper coins; He saw her heart.
This question from a scribe (a Jewish religious leader) follows a series of questions that the religious authorities asked Jesus in an attempt to trick or trap him. However, this is actually a friendly conversation with good intentions – something pretty uncommon, considering the authorities wanted to trap and eventually kill Jesus.
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