During the final week of Jesus’ ministry the Scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees tested Him about His authority, integrity, and theology. While testing His integrity the Pharisees asked Jesus if it was lawful to pay taxes. The religious leaders wanted to trap Jesus, with what He answered. If Jesus answers: Pay your taxes! Then they would accuse him of being a traitor to the Jews since the Romans were burdening them with high taxes. In contrast, if Jesus would of said: Don’t pay taxes! then the Pharisees would of accused Him of sedition and had Pontius Pilate (the Roman governor over Judea) arrest Him. Jesus responded with astounding wisdom by asking for a coin, and who’s image and inscription was on it. When the Pharisees responded that the image on the coin was Caesar, Jesus told them to “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” The Pharisees could of came up with a following question and ask Jesus: What belongs to God?. “Jesus might have answered: What image is on you?” (Zachariah’s). Look at your money and see who’s image is on it. Therefore give the government what’s the government’s, and give God that which belongs to God. God image is on you! (Genesis 1:26).
- Written by Ray Angulo