- The Prophetic Demonstration in the Temple (19:45-48)
- The Question of Jesus’ Authority (20:1-8). See especially 20:8.
- Jerusalem’s Unfaithful Leadership (20:9-19). See especially 20:19.
- The Question of Caesar’s Authority (and the Priority of the Temple) (20:20-26).
- The Question of Moses’ Authority (20:27-40).
- The Question of the Messiah’s Authority (20:41-44).
- Warning to the Disciples (20:45-21:4)
- Prophecy of Judgement on the Temple (21:5-6)
Vs. 45 In the hearing of all the people he said to the disciples:
Vs. 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honour at banquets.
Vs. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.
Jesus' response to this treatment of the poor widows is a pronouncement of greater condemnation. The poor widow, a symbol of all those vulnerable in socieity, has been taken advantage of by the very system that was supposed to care for her. As Green notes,
Vs. 1 He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury;
Vs. 2 he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins.
Vs. 3 He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them;
Vs. 4 for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
Vs. 5 And they were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said
Vs. 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.”
So this narrative episode begins with a prophetic utterance of judgement noting that the temple is filled with "robbers", it ends with a prophetic utterance of judgement, "not one stone will be left standing." Throughout the various scenes in this episode, there is conflict between Jesus and the scribes, those associated with the temple. Just before the pronouncement of judgement, Jesus offers his disciples a stark warning: The scribes are selfish and corrupt, and they are taking advantage of poor widows, and they will receive the greater condemnation. Jesus then notes a specific example of a poor widow being taken advantage of, and walks out of the temple and announces one last time that the temple, along with those associated with it, will be judged.
 See J. D. M. Derrett, “‘Eating Up the Houses of Widows’: Jesus’s Comment on Lawyers?” NovT 14 (1972): 1-9.
 Green, 725.
 BDAG #5776.
 A. G. Wright, “The Widow’s Mite: Praise or Lament? – A Matter of Context,” CBQ 44 (1982): 256-65, here, 262-63.
 Evans, Luke, 302.
 Wright, The Widow’s Mite,” 262.
 Green, 728-29.