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GOD AND CAESAR

Read­ing Time: 2 minutes

Introduction

Are God and gov­ern­ment in oppos­i­tion? The Jew­ish author­ity were determ­ined to elim­in­ate Jesus. Since their oth­er attempts failed, they now resor­ted to set­ting trap for him. They wanted Jesus to be the cause of his own down­fall and con­dem­na­tion. The Hero­di­ans were polit­ic­al groups. The Phar­isees send­ing them and their own dis­ciples to Jesus was an attempt to get Jesus entrapped in polit­ic­al mat­ter. At the con­clu­sion of the par­able on the king who organ­ised a wed­ding ban­quet for his son (Matt 22:1–14), Jesus says “many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14). Mat­thew con­tin­ues his nar­ra­tion and notes that “the Phar­isees went and plot­ted to entrap Jesus in what he said” (Matt 22:15). What did Jesus say? Jesus has said so many things in and through his inter­est­ing par­ables. Without doubt, the Jew­ish author­ity knew those par­ables referred to them.

The plan to trap Jesus

Now, the Jew­ish author­ity know what to do, but they do not know how to execute their evil plan. Since the crowd see Jesus as a true proph­et of God, and they believe him, the author­ity can­not arrest him pub­licly else, they risk the neg­at­ive reac­tion of the people. The next option is to set trap for Jesus so that he him­self will be the reas­on for his own arrest. What a mas­ter plan! Let us not for­get that these are the people who were sup­posed to speak the truth, main­tain justice and right­eous­ness, but now, they them­selves are obstruct­ing the truth and seek­ing to elim­in­ate Jesus because he cri­ti­cizes their selfish­ness and god­less­ness, and refused to be like them.…

Conclusion

The sub­ject of taxes was a burn­ing issue in the days of Jesus, due to the dom­in­eer­ing Roman Empire. In response to a fool­ish ques­tion, “is it law­ful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” Jesus invites his fol­low­ers to hon­our and respect God and gov­ern­ment. Chris­ti­ans should real­ize they hold dual cit­izen­ship in the king­dom of God and in the coun­try to which they pledge alle­gi­ance. Hence, they must keep this truth in bal­ance and always live in a way that hon­ours God. While Jesus invites Chris­ti­ans to pay or give tax to Caesar.…

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