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Who do we owe? 

Sunday's LessonI thought that this week’s lesson is appropriate because this week is tax week. Thankfully I did our taxes as soon as we got all of our W2s!

Sunday’s lesson was on the passage from Luke 20:20-26. The Pharisees were trying to figure out a way to trick Jesus so that they could kill him. They realized that they couldn’t just straight up arrest him because the people loved him. They wouldn’t have allowed for the Pharisees to get away with that.

1. They tried flattery. “Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.” Luke 20:20-21

Flattery- Saying something to someones face that you wouldn’t say behind they back.

Gossip-Saying something behind their back that you wouldn’t say to their face.

2. The Question- A Trap is Set.  Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Luke 20:22

3. The Great Escape- An Amazing Answer. He saw through their duplicity and said to them, Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription are on it?’ ‘Caesar’s,’ they replied.  He said to them, ‘Then give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.’ They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.” Luke 20:23-26

They weren’t able to get Jesus to say something against Caesar so they had to figure out another way to kill Jesus.

Something that is important for us as Christians to remember….

-We should be Taxes

-We should vote in Elections

-We should serve on Juries

-We should obey reasonable laws

-We must respect the Authority and position of Government Officials

We are called to respect the laws that have been laid before us. First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people,  for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:1-3

-Dana

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