Today let’s focus in on Jesus. In this passage there are a few things going on. But what we really see in verses 13-27 is Jesus really being seen differently by man. The Pharisees came to Jesus for the purpose of tripping Him up and getting Him to contradict Himself. They talk about money and whether or not to pay taxes to Caesar. Jesus however, knows what they are trying to do. He responds by telling them to pay the taxes. This was not Jesus saying that the Roman government was just or unjust. He was making it clear that the kingdom of God transcends all of these things and that is where our focus should be.
The Sadducees do something very similar to Jesus in verses 18-27. They present a scenario and Jesus responds by telling them they don’t know the Bible or the power of God. He essentially is telling them that they are very narrow minded and they are trying to fit God into a box that they have constructed.
I believe that we have all done these things. Whether we were trying to justify something and make it seem right or find a loophole in the scriptures or we are the one who is trying to make God fit what we think He should be. The bottom line is that either of those things comes from a lack of understanding of who God is. That understanding comes from a deep growing relationship with Him. Too often we rely on our own understanding and we become prideful, arrogant and even hypocritical. Would you relieve yourself of the burden of tripping up God today? Would you confess the sin of pride, and ask for the humility necessary to know Jesus more?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate