Render Unto Caesar

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.

Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?  But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?  Shew me a penny.  Whose image and superscription hath it?  They answered and said, Caesar’s.  And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.

Luke 20:20, 22-25

The scribes and Pharisees spent a great deal of time trying to catch Jesus in His words.  Of course, they were never able to succeed, but they kept trying.  In this passage, they went so far so to send “forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words…”  These spies came up with a question about giving “tribute unto Caesar.”  They assumed that, if Jesus said they should give tribute to Caesar, it meant He supported the policies of Caesar.  If He said they should not pay the tribute, then it meant He was a law breaker.

Jesus answered with the classic “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s…

As much as we might not like paying taxes and as much as we might not agree with what our tax monies are being spent on, the fact remains that we have been given a clear example of what to do.  We are to “render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s.”  We might feel that we pay too much in taxes, but this timeless statement remains.  The government that Jesus “supported” with these taxes was the same government that would soon crucify Him.  That is something for us to remember the next time we complain about taxes and the like.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben . .I never looked at it that way before! God bless you!

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