Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tribute money

20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor. 21  And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly: 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no? 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? 24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's. 25 And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's. 26 And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace. Luke 20:20-26

What did Jesus do during His last week on this earth? The Bible records many events that took place during this time. Each day I will look at one event, (click here to see time line for Passion Week) join me as I journey toward the Greatest Event that ever happened. In one short week Jesus went from being praised and worshipped on Palm Sunday to being despised and hated.

"Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to device."  ~ Sir Walter Scott

My grandmother would quote this all the time, especially if I was caught in a “little deception”. This little quote came quickly to my mind when I read this account of Jesus and “the spies”. The chief priests and scribes were looking for any way to trick Jesus so they could have him arrested.

A “little scheme” came to their devious minds; “let’s see if he believes in separation of church and state.” “ Let’s find out what this guy is really made of.” “ We’ll be able to get Him this time.” The question came out, “is it lawful to give tribute (tax money) to Caesar?” There the question was out, now they had Him, it would just be a matter of minutes and he would be arrested for going against the government.

Obviously, they did not believe that Jesus was God. They did not believe that He knew the evil that was on their heart. He knew the deception in their question and threw the ball right back at them. “Show me a penny and tell me whose picture and writing is on it?”

Caught again they answered Him with the only answer they could, “Caesar’s”. Basically Jesus said to them, so what’s the problem give to Caesar what belongs to him and give to God what belongs to God. What a profound statement, they were shocked at the answer and amazed at the wisdom of Jesus. As usual, Jesus left them speechless.

This Resurrection week  give God your heart, not just for the week but for life.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:10 

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. Psalm 51:17  

Have a blessed day,

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