Matthew 22: 15-22
Then the Pharisees went out and laid plains to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
Jesus knew the evil heart of the men, who were trying to trap him, was to justify his death. With wisdom Jesus amazed all with his answer. So what can we learn from these scriptures? My first thought is we should never be afraid to stand up for the truth; God will fill our mouth with his wisdom that will confuse and amaze the wise. Secondly, we should not be swayed by worldly men. We should be a person of integrity and teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Thirdly, we should obey the laws of the land if they do not conflict with God’s word. Yes, we must pay taxes. Lastly, and most importantly, we must exalt God above all people and above all things.
Father we are nothing and have nothing without you. We belong to you and all that we have belong to you. Help us to fully submit our all to you. You alone are worthy of our praise. We desire to exalt your name above every name. It is a gift to be able to give. Forgive us when we lose sight of your truth. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.