Then the Pharisees went and took counsel how to entangle him in his talk. And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true, and teach the way of God truthfully, and care for no man; for you do not regard the position of men. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the money for the tax.”
And they brought him a coin. And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
When they heard it, they marveled; and they left him and went away.
Whose Collection Plate…?
However, as we duly note that many powers of this sinful world can work toward evil accomplishments, we often see those things which have been gifted to us by God become a burden sinfully hoarded. Hoarding gives rise to jealousy, and jealousy brings even greater sin. Indeed, from biblical history we know that after ancient Israel had asked for a king, so that they could be like other nations… they enthroned Saul. And King Saul eventually became rich.., and also jealous for greater power and influence. Thus covetousness and jealousy became his downfall.
What was Saul's mistake? He valued the gift beyond the Giver. History then reveals to us that distorted, powerful positions of either government or Church can surely lead us to downfall before the judgment of Almighty God.
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