Prayer: Gracious God, may we live in Your Spirit of wisdom. Help us to grow in faith, hope, and love, and be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Read St. Matthew 22: 15 – 22
The Pharisees and some of Herod’s followers attempt to trap Jesus by proving they have more knowledge about the
than Jesus. The Pharisees and Herod’s followers had such differing beliefs, it is amazing they got together. The followers of Herod were all about Kingdom of Heaven and the Roman Law. The Pharisees were all about following the Law of Moses and Worship of God. Rome
They try to discredit Jesus’s teachings by asking him a trick question. Jesus knew they were up to no good. They ask Jesus if it is right to pay taxes to Caesar. If Jesus answered “no” then the followers of Herod would exclaim that Jesus was against the law of the land and
… and could be arrested. If Jesus answered “yes” then the Pharisees would exclaim that Jesus was for (or pro) the oppressive government which was destroying the Jewish Laws and way of life. Which ever way Jesus answered this question, he would be in deep trouble. Rome
Jesus asks if they have a coin. They do have a coin. Jesus asks them whose name is on the coin. The Pharisees and Herod’s followers respond, “Caesar”. Jesus replies that they must give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and give to God what is God’s.
In our Churches today we still heed Jesus’ answer. We need to give to the Government what belongs to the Government and give to God what is God’s. Today look around you and see what ways your Church can help the Government and Local Government.
You might be surprised at what you find and surprised at the way the Church can help.