10 May 2020 (am) – Mark 12:13-17
|Andy Bruins preaching from Mark on Sunday 10th May 2020.|
Mark 12:13-17 Give what you owe
This is the first of 3 questions asked by groups from the Sanhedrin to try and trap Jesus in His words.
The Pharisees bring along with them the political Herodians to ask a question about tax – should the Jews pay Caesar of not?
If Jesus says “Yes” then the Pharisees will discredit Him as a possible Messiah. But if He says “No” then the Herodians will bring the power of Rome down on Him for treason!
Jesus examines a Roman coin and then answers, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”
Summary: We are to give what’s due to the powers that govern this world, but more importantly, we are to give God what He is due as our creator.
Q Why was an alliance between the Pharisees and the Herodians to unusual? Why do you think they were willing to lay aside their differences in this instance?
Q How do we “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s” today? Is it ever ok to rebel against our government?
Q What does it mean to “give to God what is God’s”?