There are all kinds of opinions and thought in this world that are confusing and makes us wonder why debates end in even more confusion. Not much gets “settled” in most debates because Truth gets lost in the arguments. Some think that God is not real, so we debate and defend Him, which is weird. God does not need our defense! He is God! Some think whatever you know about God is your truth. That is even more weird.
Politically, some people in our country think that the government (the people we voted to be in these positions of governing) are out to “get us”, conspire against the people who elected them, so that the people (who they are one of us) will fail in all we do. Yes, I know this sounds like a simplistic overstatement. But some days the words from the debaters think this way in their indifferent living. I think some folks will be against “it”, whatever “it” happens to be because arguing is their best game in life. It doesn’t seem to be about seeking Truth, only to fight.
Generation after generation pick up the “me against the world” thinking with the same tired arguments that do not match the wisdom of God’s Word. The innocent bystanders hearing these arguments and debates, who are trying to find Truth and live it, hear only the loud and proud, the arrogant and relentless who love to fight to get their own way.
Is it any wonder that God sent His Son, His plan from the beginning of Creation, to save us from all the lies of worldview thinking, thoughts planted by the fallen angel and his demons, in the minds of the willing to follow evil who have nothing in life better to do than fight for the right to justify their sins to reconcile us to Truth?
The Pharisees are these people. These leaders are working around the clock as religious political agents trying to keep everyone under their control. They work hard to not ruffle the feathers of the oppressive Roman government while being oppressive to the Jewish Nation, God’s Chosen with all kinds of manmade laws and addendums to God’s Law. They are a selfish, arrogant, proud people who are work to justify their sin-living by tearing down the Truth-teaching of Jesus Christ, Son of God, sent from God to save the world from the lies of the “religious”.
Jesus came to restore the relationship between God and mankind with His obedient sacrifice for all who believe. Jesus says and does only what God, His Father, tells Him to say and do. Jesus enters the debate trap set by the religious with the wisdom of God. Jesus ends it with only a few words. These words do not hurt anyone. Jesus’ words settle the issue of what is of God and what is not. Simple put, Jesus tell us what belongs to God and what does not.
Matthew—God’s Word Fulfilled
Matthew 22:15-22, NLT
Taxes for Caesar
15 Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 16 They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. 17 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”
22 His reply amazed them, and they went away.
AND WHAT BELONGS TO GOD?
Our hearts, minds and souls. Give all we are to all of Him. This is Truth to be lived.
Thank you for another lesson that settles our souls with what you require of us. You want all of us to be guided, loved, protected, and provided for, by all of You because You know best what we need and you are Truth. After the dust of selfish arguments settle to the ground, Your Truth remains unchanging. Your Word is Truth. Jesus is Truth. No argument there. Thank you for your example of living Truth. Help us to follow your example. Transform our thinking to match your thinking. Yes, Lord, make us holy before you. Cleanse us of all the dark places. Renew us. Restore the joy of your salvation that is being worked into every fiber of our being. Thank you, Lord. I belong to You.
In Jesus Name, Amen