Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no? Luke 20:22
The religious leaders were distraught over Jesus, he has turned their religious world upside down. The only way they thought they could stop him , was by challenging his teachings and discrediting him. So they thought of a good argument to bring against him, “Should the Jews pay taxes to Rome or not”?
This is the perfect question or scheme to trap Jesus. If Jesus says Israel shouldn’t pay taxes to Rome, then they have the perfect reason for the Roman government to crucify him. If Jesus says Israel should pay taxes to Rome, then they can convince his Jewish followers to rise against him
But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me? Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s. Luke 20:23-24
The religious leaders obviously didn’t understand who Jesus is. Being the Son of God he saw their deception and knew they weren’t really looking for truth, they were just looking to deceive people. So Jesus threw them a “curve-ball” of his own. He asked them who’s image was on the money.
And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s. Luke 20:25
Jesus response here is so brilliant you could do a whole sermon just on this one text. Jesus is saying we should pay our taxes and respect our governments, however we also need to love God and give what belongs to him
Is this referring to tithing? Not necessarily, everything belongs to God. God doesn’t want your money, he wants your heart, mind, and soul. He wants your full devotion of your life, when you analyze it, the list gets very long quick
And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace. Luke 20:26
Jesus answer was so perfect, they had no response and held their peace. If your looking for wisdom and understanding, seek Christ. Remember to love God with all your heart, mind, and soul Amen!