Here we have another illustration of the fact that nothing could escape the Master's vigilance. Of the gifts being cast into the treasury He was the true Appraiser. He saw the widow as she cast in her gift, and said that she had "cast in more than they all." In the realm of superfluity God does not begin to count. The first entry in the heavenly books is that of sacrifice.
Addressing His disciples, Jesus spoke to them especially about their service and attitude. His words must have come with special force to the men who had heard with what wisdom He had answered the malicious attacks on Him. He declared that they should have "mouth and wisdom." Herein is discovered the secret of the wonderful utterances of these men chronicled in the Acts of the Apostles. Finally, in this connection He uttered the superlative claim, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away." This statement had special application to what He had been saying concerning the future.
Then He laid certain injunctions upon His disciples of the utmost importance. They were first to ''take heed to themselves," and things which they were to guard against were named, "surfeiting," "drunkenness," "cares of this life." In view of these responsibilities they were to "watch . . . at every season," and, finally, to make "supplication."
the Third Sunday after Epiphany