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.
Then the whole company of them arose and brought him before Pilate. 2 And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” 3 And Pilate asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” And he answered him, “You have said so.” 4 Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this man.” 5 But they were urgent, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee even to this place.”
From this passage I hear God asking me:
“Forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar”???
This from the Jewish leaders who hated the Romans!
Why do you think these good Jewish people were so concerned about Jesus’ alleged “anti-Rome” teaching?
Did they really love Rome?
Did they really think this is what God would want?
Or, was there some selfish motive?
Did they vote for pragmatism, or principle?
Did they sell their soul for politics?
Did their desire for political power kill the Son of God?
Could this ever happen to you?
Is God asking you anything more, or anything different?
I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.