PM sermons are preceded by a Confessional, Catechism, or Historic Creed lesson. Usually 5 minutes or so. (Belgic Confession-Article 26: The Intercession of Christ) Matt 22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" 21 They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." 22 When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.
During Holy Week, Jesus' opponents attempt to trap him with questions. The question in this text relates to paying taxes to Caesar. They think they have Him trapped, but Jesus answers their question masterfully. The sermon also relates this to stewardship in the Church and shows that Jesus rendered the ultimate payment.
This message is an in depth study of Romans 13. We examine the meaning of "tribute", "render unto Caesar", and how there should be a separation between church and state. We discuss the bad fruit that results from merging church and state and how the civil government had no authority to enforce the 1st table of the law.
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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!
"Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee."
King James Version
Christ calls us to obey both the government and God, and He gives us wisdom and grace to manage both allegiances.
The attempt to trap. (v.13)
The hypocrisy of man. (v.14-16)
The wisdom of God for two allegiances. (v.17)
Where do trick questions originate? 2 Cor. 1:22
Who teaches and answers the truth? 1 Tim. 2:1-7, 2 Cor. 5:21
Why should we pay taxes? Rom. 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17
Where is the image of God? Gen. 1:26-27, Col. 1:15, 2:9-10
The Gospel of the Kingdom - Message 90 - Death and Taxes - Matthew 17:14-27. While Jesus is on the mountain with Peter, James, John, Moses, and Elijah, the other 9 disciples are failing to deliver a boy from demonic possession. Their lack of power turns out to be the fruit of self reliance instead of prayer and faith. Jesus, frustrated with His disciples, has compassion and heals the boy. Shortly after that he has to rebuke Peter yet again for his presumption and teaches us a lesson in refusing to needlessly cause offense or put a stumbling block in another's path.
Belgic Confession Article 17
Text: Luke 19:1-10
Theme: The rescue of Zacheus, an unlikely son of Abraham, highlights the rescue mission of Jesus Christ to fallen men.
Miserable Ruin from A(dam) to Z (acheus)
God's Marvelous Goodness
God's Mission of Rescue
On Tuesday of the week when Jesus was executed, his religious political enemies sought to entrap him by various trick questions. The first one was the political question on the payment of taxes. It is a theological-political question that relates to life in the society and to life as a Christian. If he had said, "Pay the taxes," the Jewish people who resented Rome would possibly have turned on him and if he had said, "Do not pay the taxes," then he would have been in trouble with the political power of the Roman occupiers.
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