The true idea of a blessing is one that has been lost in our age and culture. It is left as a linguistic nicety, a courtesy, an open ended wish for something good. But we fail to understand the depth and power of the blessing and so rob it of both its innate power AND our appreciation of its beauty and declarative force to convey the true power of God to do good to those who love Him. Before we can appreciate the wonder of Abram being blessed by Melchizedek, we need to understand just what a blessing is, and what it conveys. And maybe, we might even learn to recapture the awesome gift of blessing.
It seems that more and more these days, people are hyper-interested in politics. Often we hungrily gobble down all the political talk we hear, without stopping to ask, "Where is my heart in all of this?"
Here in this passage, the Herodians and the Pharisees band together to try to trap Jesus in His words. They asked Him if Caesar had a right to impose taxes. Sadly, they call Him Teacher, but they don't want to be taught; they say that He is true, but they don't believe it. After making them admit that the denarius had a mark of Caesar's authority, Jesus made it clear that paying taxes was a necessary part of the civil government that they were living under.
But there was more in Jesus' answer than a political lesson. These men were not paying to God what rightfully belonged to Him. They were willing to pay taxes to the government, but they also owed obedience to Jesus – the icon or image of the Father. Yet they were rebels against Him and refused to love the Lord and their neighbor.
You can be obsessed with politics and your own power, but all you are doing is building your own kingdom instead of God's. He puts rulers in power, whether for our good or for our bad, but always for His glory. Does your obedience to God depend on your political party winning?
Jesus Christ is still King, even today. He still sits on His throne. Kingdoms rise and fall, but His Kingdom is not of this world. Do not put your trust in any political leader, or you will be sadly disappointed. Give to the Lord what belongs to Him!
They who in their obedience attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in duty they are bound to do.
"The point in these verses is that obedience to Christ is inseparable from love for Christ, and love for Christ is inseparable from faith in Christ. So then John it sums up in verse 6, 'whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.' 'Walk' in the New Testament is a metaphor for one's way of life, so friends are you walking the way Jesus walked? Is that the normal reflex of your heart? To consider Christ's will and example in all your choices? None of us can live perfectly the way He lived. That's not the point. Jesus lived for us so that by faith His merit could be ours–that's the gospel–but to say that we know Jesus is to follow after Him, and the gospel gives us the power to live our lives the way He taught us to live."