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Read Matthew 22:15-22

Friday

Read Matthew 22:15-22


15 The Pharisees went off and made a plan to trap Jesus with questions. 16Then they sent to him some of their disciples and some members of Herod’s party. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you tell the truth. You teach the truth about God’s will for people, without worrying about what others think, because you pay no attention to anyone’s status. 17Tell us, then, what do you think? Is it against our Law to pay taxes to the Roman Emperor, or not?”
18 Jesus, however, was aware of their evil plan, and so he said, “You hypocrites! Why are you trying to trap me? 19Show me the coin for paying the tax!”
They brought him the coin, 20and he asked them, “Whose face and name are these?”
21 “The Emperor’s,” they answered.
So Jesus said to them, “Well, then, pay the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor, and pay God what belongs to God.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

Think


The Pharisees try to trick Jesus.  Jesus outsmarts them and uses the opportunity to teach.  The coin bears the image of the emperor, therefore it belongs to him.  People are created in God's image - therefore they belong to God.

Pray


Help me to see your image in every person.  And in myself.

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