The Sound of Release
41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents.
43 Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44
Several stories in the Bible illustrate the one thing or the last thing that somebody had that they gave away for the glory of God. For example, there was a poor widow who had two coins and upon giving it made such a small sound. How is it that the coins made a sound? The treasury of the Temple was designed so that there were thirteen boxes with trumpet-shaped bronze cones. The sound that resonated from the cones would indicate how much was given. The louder the sound, the more that was given. This poor widow put in her last two coins, which might sound like a small and weak clink. However, that small sound was only from the earthly realm because it made a supernatural sound in the heavenlies. It made such a sound that Jesus pointed it out in His teaching because in the natural all of the coins that the rich threw in made a loud sound, but the truth is they were bankrupt in the spirit.The Lord is saying today “What’s that one thing the thing that you have left? The thing that you’ve been holding on to? Let it go! Let it go and the sound of release will create the sweet incense of offering.”
The Miraculous Restoration and Replenishment
The same thing happened with Elijah when a woman and her son were about to die. They had just enough for one small meal ; not even to satisfy the hunger but just to live one more day.
7 Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. 8 Then the word of the Lord came to him: 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” 10 So he went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?” 11 As she was going to get it, he called, “And bring me, please, a piece of bread.”
12 “As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:7-16
Through God, Elijah made it so it would never run out. You see, there’s an eternal replenishment that occurs when we give the one thing, the last thing, and the only thing. Isn’t that the beauty of Jesus? He had one life on earth, and he gave it so we could live. Jesus gave the one thing that ensured eternal rewards to those who follow Him.
Lay it Down Love
The Pharisees and other wealthy people looked at what the widow gave and scoffed at her. The other widow and her son looked at what was left in the jar and thought it wasn’t enough. The religious leaders looked at Jesus and His life as a waste. What all three have in common was that they gave their one thing; their last thing. They were sold out for the Kingdom and circumstances did not change their attitude of action.
As we enter 2019, we need to be very aware of anything that we are holding onto that needs releasing. The things that we struggle to give away are the things that we feel we so desperately need. Only upon the releasing were the widows able to be blessed abundantly. Only through the release of His life was Jesus able to gain victory over death.
It’s time to release the manna and the quail for the feast of the promised land. Just like David only needed one stone ( even though he had five stones representing God’s grace and favor) to kill Goliath so will you prevail against your giants in this upcoming season. David didn’t need to wear Saul’s armor because he had his own anointing and God went before Him. God wants to do the impossible and the miraculous in your life! Are you willing to release the one thing that you are holding onto so you can move into the mantling of this new season?