Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s
We all know what happened here….
…the Pharisees had sent some men to trick Jesus into saying something that they could accuse Him of….
(Why, I have no idea….for they were accusing Him falsely all the time anyway. But sin blinds. And they sure were blind to the Truth.)
Matthew 22:15-17 “Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel that they might entangle Him in His talk.
….saying, Master, we know that Thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest Thou for any man: for Thou regardless not the person of men.
Tell us therefore, What thinkest Thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?”
(If flattery….to speak smoothly….to make slippery….could have worked….there was a lot here.
But Jesus was never “flattered”…..for He always saw the heart of the person)
Here was the trick….the people hated their subjection to Rome.
If He said to give taxes (tribute)….then they could say He was siding with the Romans.
If He said not to,…..then they could accuse Him of being a dissenter and a troublemaker.
Either way, they figured they had got Him!
Matthew 22:18-19 “But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye Me, ye hypocrites?
Shew Me the tribute money. And they brought unto Him a penny.”
Jesus never flattered…..He did not waver from the mission He was sent on. He came to seek and to save…..
….not banter and bargain…to Israel. “Why tempt ye Me?”
You notice He called them “hypocrites”……which they were. They talked like they honored Him or respected His Word….when they simply wanted to prove Him wrong.
(It is always good to see ourselves in this light……do we really honor Jesus, in our prayers and life…..or are we really looking for a way around what He says to us?)
Matthew 22:20-21 “And He saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
They say unto Him, Caesar’s. Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
Simple…..straightforward truth. Yet, Wow!
And what is God’s? Everything.
He planned, created, and gave us life…..so all belongs to Him.
Give God that.
In a few words, Jesus turned everything they were trying to do upside down…..into nothing.
In the place of flattery and tricks…..He gave them the true call of God to their souls!
“Render unto God the things that are God’s”
Would they hear it? Would they step away from their purpose….to see God’s Purpose?
Sadly, though they “marvelled”…..they also…”and left Him, and went their way”.
Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s……
As Christians, we are not to neglect our duties…..and plainly, we have duties to our nation, our state, our town, our families…..
…..but we are first and foremost to “render”….”to give back” to God…..us.
He came to save us…..and when we are saved…..we can “render” unto God ourselves, which belong to Him….in our everyday lives, as we trust and obey.