“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar’s”

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By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... »

October 19, 2014 (19th Sunday after PentecostThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... »)

Render Unto Caesar What is Caesar's

Introduction

If you will be given an option, which lawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » are you going to follow: law of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » or law of manYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... »? You might answer613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » me back by asking: in what context and what kind of issue?

Let’s read our passage today: Matthew 22613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »:15-22. JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » was tested with the same questionLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » I gave you. Those who asked him did not actually want to knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » the truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » but they just wanted him to trap, and be punished by the government officials. In the passage, we can see an unusual connivance.

I. The Connivance of the Religious and the Politicians

We already knew that Jesus ChristThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » was a threat to the interest of the Jewish Council, PhariseesThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... », and priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » so they were looking for an opportunity to trap and killThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » Jesus. In our passage, we read an event where the religious connived with the politicians, the Herodians, just to trap Jesus in his mouth, and then the Herodians would accuse and capture him.

That was an unnatural coalition, for the Pharisees represented the patriotic resistance to all foreign powerMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... »; whereas the Herodians, as their nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » implies, supportedJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » the Herodian dynasty, and they did submit in the Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » rule (Cambridge BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... »).

Let’s listenThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » how the Pharisees manipulated religious belief and politics while the Herodians were listeningGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » to trap Jesus. Matthew 22:15-17 says, “Then the Pharisees went and planned how to trap Jesus in conversation. They sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » their disciples“It is Finished!”. Read more ... » to him along with the Herodians. They said, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere and that you teach the wayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » of God truthfully. You don’t favor any individual, because you pay no attention to external appearance. So tell us what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”render-unto-caesar_t_nv

II. The Trap of the Pharisees and the Herodians

The trap that the Pharisees preparePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » was political, but sugar coated with religious jargon. The GospelYou Have No Right to Keep it!. Read more ... » of LukeThe Angel of The Lord Announces the Good News!. Read more ... » narrates more detailed the intention of the Pharisees and the Herodians. “So they watched him closely and sent spies who pretended to be honest men in order to trap him in what he would say. They wanted to hand him over to the jurisdiction of the governorMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... »” (Lk. 20:20).

The Herodians are not named except in the GospelsJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of Matthew and MarkThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... »; nor does Historian Josephus include them in his account of Jewish sects. They were probably numerically insignificant, and probably a few renegade JewsTetelestai! Tetelestai! Tetelestai!. Read more ... », who belonged to KingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » Herod’s court. (Mt.11:8, Cambridge Bible).

 III. The Obligations of Man to Government and to God

Matthew 22:18-21 says, “Recognizing their wickedness, Jesus asked, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the taxGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... ».” They brought him a denarius. Then he asked them, “Whose face and name is this?” They told him, “Caesar’s.” So he told them, “Then giveThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

JohnPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » Gill explains the meaning of this, he says “Give Caesar the tribute and custom, and fearPGF the Lord!. Read more ... », and honor, and obedienceHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », which are due to him; which may be done without interfering with the honor of God, and prejudicing his interest and gloryThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... », when care is taken, that all the worship and obedience due to God are given to him: subjection to civil magistrates is not inconsistent with the reverence and fear of God; all are to have their dues rendered unto them, without entrenching upon one another. And the Jews themselves allow, that a king ought to have his dues, whether he be a king of IsraelA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... », or of the GentilesThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... »” (John Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible).

There are three things that we can deduce form the wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » of Jesus Christ“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... ». Firstly, ChristianityThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » is not against civil government but a friendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » to it. The ApostleA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » Paul says to the Romans, “Every person must be subject to the governing authorities, for no authorityThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » exists except by God’s permission. The existing authorities have been established by God” (13:1). Indeed, the existing authorities have been established by God but authorities must also seek and execute the will of God for their subjects.

The general function of human government, as instituted by God, may be said to be threefold: to protectMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... », punish, and promote.matthew-22.1521-4-638

The Function of ProtectionJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... »: The government must protect its citizens that’s why we maintain military and other agencies such as health department, educationThe Genesis of Wesley Divinity School. Read more ... » department, etc. An example of this function is seen in Acts 21:27-37 where Roman soldiers step in and saveThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... » Paul from being murderedWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » by his own enraged countrymen in Jerusalem.

The Function of Punishment: Both Paul and PeterThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » bring this out. Paul writes that duly appointed human officials are to be regarded as God’s servantsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to bearThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... » the sword,” that is, to impose punishment upon criminals (vv. 3-4). Peter tells us that governors are “sent by him for the punishment of evildoers” (1 Pet. 2:13- 14).

The Function of Promotion: Human government is to promote the general welfare of the community where its laws613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » are in effectThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... ». Paul commands us to prayProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » for human leadersLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable lifeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim. 2:1-2) (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).

Secondly, it is the obligation of the people to render to the government which is due to it. That’s why we vote, we pay our taxes, we cooperate with the government, and we die for our government.

Thirdly, when we render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, we must remember also to render to God the things that are God’s. If we die for our country, we should also give that kind of loveThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » and respect to our God, or do better than that. We pay our taxes so we should also give to the ministries of God.

Conclusion

There are many current issues nowadays that we need to guard and apply what Jesus said, “give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

Due to legalization of same sex marriage in some states in AmericaIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... », some people try to over power or forceHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » local or federal laws over the Constitution or the First Amendment.

In the news yesterday, Oct 18, 2014, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, city officials try to punish the two elderly pastors (Donald and Evelyn Knapp) for not performing same sex marriages in their WeddingWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » Center. The city claims its “non-discrimination” ordinance requires the Knapps to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies now that the courts have overridden Idaho’s voter-approved constitutional amendment that affirmed marriage as the union of a man and a womanThe Samaritan Woman’s Strategy. Read more ... ». The headline banners, “Gov’t tells ChristianThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » ministers: Perform same-sex weddings or face jail, fines” (www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9364).

In Texas, the city of Houston is attempting to subpoena sermonsCelebration with God as the Object. Read more ... » (or speeches) and other communications belonging to several area pastors in a lawsuit in which the pastors are not even involved. City officials are upset over a voter lawsuit filed after the city council rejected valid petitions to repeal a law that allows members of the opposite sex into each other’s restrooms.

The city is illegitimately demanding that the pastors, who are not party to the lawsuit, turn over their constitutionally protected sermons, e-mails, text messages, and other communications simply so the city can see if the pastors have ever opposed or criticized the city (www.adfmedia.org/News/PRDetail/9357).

Fox news reports that Senator Ted Cruz forcefully denounced the city’s actions during a Thursday (Oct 16, 2014) rally in supportJesus Prays for Glory and His Disciples’ Protection. Read more ... » of the pastors in Houston. “Caesar has no jurisdiction over the pulpit,” Cruz said to a cheering crowd of pastors and supporters. “When you subpoena one pastorProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... », you subpoena every pastor.”  (www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/10/17/houston-to-pastors-forget-your-sermons-now-want-your-speeches).

It seems timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » has comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » that Christian pastors will be asked if it is lawful to solemnize same sex marriages or not? Someday more cities might force pastors to solemnize same sex weddings even though that is against their faithI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... ». When the time comes I wish pastors can say “give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

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