Render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and unto God what is God’s. It was another day, and another opportunity for the religious elite to try to trick Jesus. Mind you, they had been trying to do so for years. The question was a crowd angering one–“Should we pay taxes to the imperial government?” Well, from the people’s perspective Rome had invaded and took over. They were not welcome and should not be supported by the sweat of those they had invaded. Conversely, for Jesus to say no, don’t pay taxes–well instant grounds for arrest by the Roman Guard and the leaders’ problem solved.
Jesus almost laughed–“Really? Is this all you Got???” Jesus was not surprised at all. He said show me a coin. The answer has lived through history because it speaks to stewardship clearly and concisely! We are to pay what we owe to whom we owe a debt. Whether to God or government, we are to pay what we owe. More importantly for Jesus was the idea that once again, the religious guys did not get it. Here before them was God’s Son–He was healing the sick, speaking the truth and trying to show men God’s true nature. These guys were racking their brains day and night to destroy him. Had they simply stopped, as Nicodemus did, and asked a real question; they could have seen real life change and freedom.
God never sets out to trick or embarrass us–He wants us to know the truth, and to know how much God loves us. If men would quit trying to prove He was not real, and spend that time seeking Him–their lives would be forever changed and complete. Yet, only those of us that know and trust him will ever enjoy the true freedom the Lord can bring. We are to be good stewards. We are to render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s. More importantly, we must trust God and allow Him to be the center of our thoughts and the center of our day. If we will, the silly questions the world asks will summarily be dealt with and God will reign supreme!
God Bless You
Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.