A little boy wanted $100 very badly. He prayed for weeks, but nothing happened. So, he decided to write a letter to God requesting $100. When the postal authorities received the letter to “God, USA”, they decided to send it to the President. The President was so amused … More
Herod the Great ruled all of Palestine as a Roman King. When he died in 4 B.C. his kingdom was divided into three parts of which Archelaus was given Judea and Samaria. He was a failure and in 6 A.D. the Romans stepped in and made Cyrenius governor with direct rule. This placed them under Tiberias who was the reigning emperor and all emperors were called Caesar. It was under this system that the Jewish Sanhedrin sent a delegation of Pharisees and Herodians to ask Jesus a catch question (v. 13). “Is it lawful to give tribute (pay a poll tax) to Caesar or not” (v. 14)? They thought they had Him trapped. If He said no, they would report Him to the Roman authorities as a dangerous teacher who was trying to turn the people against the government. If He said yes they would tell the people that He was not really for them, but was selling them out to foreign oppression. Either way He would be in trouble.Instead of answering them He asked for a coin and asked them a question, “Whose image is on this coin” (vv. 15-16)? When they said,” Caesar’s” He said, “Give back to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” (v. 17). He was teaching that we owe something to the government for the protection that it gives us, but at the same time God created us in his own image (Gen. 1:26,27) and therefore, we belong to Him and owe Him our loyalty. The inevitable conclusion is that, if the state remains within its proper boundaries and makes its proper demands, the individual must give it his loyalty and his service. But in the last analysis both state and man belong to God, and therefore should their claims conflict, loyalty to God comes first.
I need to make sure that God is getting what I owe Him. Then I need to have each person in my family make a list of both the things that belong to God and the things which belong to Caesar?
And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?" But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, "Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it." And they brought one. And he said to them, "Whose likeness and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." Jesus said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at him.
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Mark 9:1-8Jesus takes 3 of His disciples to a high mountain
Mark 9:9-13Three disciples question about the transfiguration
Mark 9:14-29The disciples are helpless and ineffective
Mark 9:30-37Disciples arguing about who is the greatest
Mark 9:38-50Jesus says greatness comes from serving others.
Mark 10:1-12Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?
Mark 10:13-22Possessions don’t help you obtain eternal life
Mark 10:23-31Hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of God
Mark 10:32-45Willingness to give extra service
Mark 10:46-52Every male Jew must attend passover
Mark 11:1-11Jesus rides a donkey into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday
Mark 11:12-18Jesus said the temple is a den of thieves
Mark 11:19-26Jesus cursed the fig tree and it dried up
Mark 11:27-33Jesus questioned on His authority
Mark 12:1-12Jesus tells about the owner of a vineyard
Mark 12:13-17Pharisees ask Jesus about paying poll tax
Mark 12:18-27Whose wife shall she be in the resurrection?
Mark 12:28-34"You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Mark 12:35-44Jesus makes a series of charges against the scribes
Mark 13:1-13Prediction of "the time of Tribulation”
Mark 13:14-23False teachers in the end times
Mark 13:24-32A description of the Second Coming
Mark 13:33-37We must not be found sleeping
Mark 14:1-9Jesus anointed with perfume
Mark 14:10-16Judas arranges for Jesus betrayal
Mark 14:17-26Lord’s Supper replaces the Passover
Mark 14:27-31Peter’s heart was in the right place
Mark 14:32-42Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane
Mark 14:43-52Judas’ arrival to betray Jesus
Mark 14:53-65Jesus is brought before the Sanhedrin
Mark 14:66-72Peter denies his Lord three times
Mark 15:1-5Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate
Mark 15:6-15Barabbas is released
Mark 15:16-23Simon commanded to carry the cross
Mark 15:24-32Jesus nailed to the cross
Mark 15:33-41Jesus "gave up the ghost”
Mark 15:42-47Joseph places Jesus in the tomb