Saturday. July 4th

Mark 12:13-17 (NIV)

Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not? 15 Should we pay or shouldn’t we?” But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.

Meditation

Another place, another time for what they thought was a trick question for Jesus. They are bound to trap him but there is no question they can ask that will trap Jesus into saying something they can use against him. We all have had occasion when we felt we had someone trapped in a question that we asked. We either didn’t think they would come up with the answer or didn’t have in mind the answer they could give which was better than our own answer. Isn’t that how it often works with God? We ask him to provide for a need and his answer is beyond our comprehension.

Prayer

Lord the answers you provide are often beyond our way of thinking and understanding and we thank you for that. How could we as finite human beings with limited understand all the things that an all-knowing God does? It is not possible. We thank you for all that you provide and that you give us some understanding of your great gist of love and grace given to us each day. Amen.

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