Luke 20:21 – 25 (NIV) So the spies questioned [Jesus]: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show me a denarius, whose portrait and inscription are on it?” “Caesar’s” they replied. “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
The teachers of the law and the chief priests were on their guard: this “upstart” had “crossed the line”.
He had spoken a parable against them, and who knew where He would go from there. He HAD to be stopped! But so far, He had done nothing that would warrant His arrest. They had to ‘guide’ His conversation into the gray area where His words could be re-interpreted.
One of the bones of contention of the people was the taxes required by the Roman government. Maybe, just maybe, if they could catch Him on this one……so… “Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar?”
But Jesus knew the working of their minds. And He continued to challenge them to search for the higher plain – live above where they currently were. “Give to Caesar his money, with his image on it. But give to God that which has HIS image on it” Genesis 1: 26 – 27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”
Today, may we truly give unto God that which is His – that which has His image and inscription.
All that I am to You I bring,
All that I have, I offer my King,
All glory and power to the Holy One,
To the Father, Spirit and Jesus the Son.
Evening Prayer today at 6 pm at Christ the King.