posted on Apr, 5 2016 @ 02:24 AM
Paying Taxes to Caesar
…16They brought one. And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" And they said to Him, "Caesar's." 17And Jesus said to them,
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they were amazed at Him.
Its an interesting little anecdote about belonging, not money
I have heard ministers and laymen alike stuff this story up and just recently a non christian has had a turn of making the message one of money
Its far simpler than all of that.
The Pharisees wanted to force Jesus into saying that the Jews should pay Romes taxes.
They came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are truthful and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in
truth. Is it lawful to pay a poll-tax to Caesar, or not? 15"Shall we pay or shall we not pay?"
The issue is if Christ says yes, He will cause the Jews to think He supports Rome,
if He says no, then He is against Rome, then arrested as rebellious
The funny thing is Jesus isnt interested in the money or Rome
He holds up the coin and states whos image is this, its the image of Rome, its roman and belongs to Rome
The word image is a strong word.
In Genesis its clear to the Jews mankind was created in Gods image.
Jesus draws a distinction between money and things of this earth and who they belong to and our identity in whos image we were created in, Gods.
Jesus is effectively saying "if you belong to God in whos image you were created in, render yourselfs to God
Those who choose God are to commit themselves to God, not their finances, commit themselves to who's image we were created in
God does not need your money, never has
So Jesus wasnt talking finances at all, Jesus was distinguishing desires