Posts Tagged ‘Render to Caesar what it Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’

Luke 20:19-26 Wolves In Sheep’s Clothing

You may look the part, but Jesus knows the heart.

We are continuing on in the temple with Jesus. He has just finished sharing a parable that left those listening to Him speechless! The scribes and chief priests recognized themselves in this parable and were incensed! They wanted to take Him RIGHT THEN, but they were afraid of the people. The people loved what He was saying. Luke told us just a little bit ago that “all the people were hanging on His words” (Luke 19:48). No way are the religious leaders prepared to take on the people.

Instead of coming at Jesus directly, they decide to try and trick Him instead. Their goal was to get Him to say something they could take to the Roman government. Then the Romans would have to deal with Him and they could keep their hands clean. So now the problem was how to get Him to incriminate Himself. Read more »

Mark 12:13-17 Whose Likeness Is It

My King's Seal

My King’s Seal

Jesus is still in the temple dealing with the religious leaders. We are into round three of this confrontation. This time it is a group of Pharisees and Herodians questioning Him. Their topic of choice is taxes to Caesar. They are not really interested in their tax question, only in trapping Jesus in something He might say.

I am struggling again today in finding something different to bring out. We covered this encounter when we looked at Matthew’s gospel. In case you want to reread it, you can find it under “Taxes to Caesar.” The two accounts are almost word for word, so where do I go now? (I’m glad Luke and John don’t include this one.) I was prompted to look at the “set-up” speech that this group gave Jesus. I don’t know exactly where it will take us, so we are all simply going to hang on for the ride. Read more »

Matthew 22:15-22 Taxes to Caesar

To Caesar what it Caesar's

To Caesar what it Caesar’s

Jesus is still in the temple in Jerusalem. The chief priests and Pharisees have withdrawn from the confrontation. But that doesn’t end the schemes of the Pharisees. Not wanting to have another direct confrontation with Jesus, the Pharisees send their own disciples and a group of Herodians.

I wondered who the Herodians were so I Googoled them. Got Answers.com gave me information on the all the ruling bodies in Jesus time; the Herodians, Pharisees and Sadducees. I invite you to check out what I found if you are interested too. The three groups didn’t agree on a lot of points, but the one thing they had in common was that they wanted Jesus dead. Read more »