The idea of these little devotionals is simple. I want to approach scripture with the understanding that God is speaking. I’m reading through the Bible and listening for God to ask me questions. I expect these questions to be fairly open-ended and plan to carry them in my mind throughout the day. I’ll share these questions with you in the hope that you find them challenging and helpful.
19 The scribes and the chief priests sought to lay hands on him at that very hour, for they perceived that he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 20 So they watched him and sent spies, who pretended to be sincere, that they might catch him in something he said, so as to deliver him up to the authority and jurisdiction of the governor. 21 So they asked him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach rightly, and show no partiality,[d] but truly teach the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute to Caesar, or not?” 23 But he perceived their craftiness, and said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius.[e] Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” 25 He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26 And they were not able in the presence of the people to catch him in what he said, but marveling at his answer they became silent.
From this passage I hear God asking me:
Verse 21: Did anyone buy this bald-faced lie?
What was their real motivation for this question?
Why would it not be right for Jews to “give tribute to Caesar”?
Is it right for the Christian to pay income taxes?
Is this the same thing?
What’s the difference?
Now, about your questions:
Do you ever have questions for me?
Btw – It’s ok if you have sincere questions.
But, are your motives always pure?
Do you ever look for a loophole?
A way to justify your own desires?
You realize that I already know your motives, right?
One last thing:
The coin bore the image of Caesar, so give it to him.
But, what bears my image?
Give that to me.
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.