Tag: give God what is God’s
Scripture reading for March 30th: Luke 20
Key scriptures for over-comers: Luke 20: 21-25 “So the spies questioned Him: “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach what is right, and that You do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and said to them, “Show Me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription is on it?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
Towards the end of Jesus’ ministry, the religious rulers were looking for a way to trap Jesus in order to eliminate Him from interfering with their little kingdom. Jesus was asked about paying taxes to Caesar. He masterfully took a coin and asked them whose inscription was on it. His answer showed no partiality nor played up to those who were looking for grounds to convict Him of wrong. Jesus taught submission to authority because all authority is in place because of God’s decree. (Romans 13:1) However, God is the ultimate authority and His people must honor Him as just that by giving the tithe and offerings. Both taxes and tithes are required of God’s people.
Observations for over-comers: Believers must guard their hearts against duplicity and partiality. We must rightly give honor to where honor is due. “Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly.” (Leviticus 19:15)