Date: Sunday, January 24, 2021
The book called Luke in the Bible, was written by a Gentile believer named Luke, who was a close associate of the Apostle Paul. He set out to carefully investigate the truth concerning Jesus Christ, using the eyewitness accounts of those who were with and knew Jesus and His ministry. His intent in writing this Gospel was so that his readers would know the truth regarding Jesus and what they have been taught concerning Him. It is our hope in studying this Gospel, that we too would better understand the truth concerning Jesus, so that we may better know Him and make Him known to others.
They questioned Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You speak and teach correctly, and You are not partial to any, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” But He detected their trickery and said to them, “Show Me a denarius. Whose likeness and inscription does it have?” They said, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Luke 20:21-25)
The question raised by the "spies" sent to Jesus by the Jewish religious leaders was for the purpose of entrapping Jesus. They pretended to be righteous, and used flattery in hopes of catching Jesus off guard. The question they asked Jesus was a political controversy and was a clever attempt to get Jesus into trouble either with Rome or with the Jews. So, we can see the dilemma regarding the question that was asked of Jesus. However, Jesus digs deeper into the issue through His answer to their question. We study this passage (Luke 20:19-26) together during the message time in this Sunday's worship service.