Trick & Trap

The Jewish religious leaders in Jerusalem were still looking for an opportunity to entrap Jesus (167). They bribed some men to pretend they were sincere, and they sent them to trick Jesus with questions.  They hoped to trap Jesus in any answer that would allow them to bring  charges against him, so they could hand him over to the Roman governor for trial & execution.

These false friends came to Jesus & said, “Teacher, we know that what you say & teach is right. We know that you pay no attention to any man’s position, but teach everyone the straight truth about God’s will for man.

“Tell us, is it against our law for us to pay taxes to the Roman emperor, or not?”  Jesus saw through their trick and said to them, “Show me a silver coin. Whose face and name are these on it?” “The Roman Emperor’s,” they answered.

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Jesus replied, “So pay to the emperor what belongs to the emperor, and pay to God what belongs to God.”

Standing nearby, the Jewish religious leaders realized their treacherous attempt to trap Jesus had failed.  Along with everyone else, they were amazed by his answer, so they backed off.

 

(167) Matthew 22:15-22, Mark 12:13-17, Luke 20:20-26

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