Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Render To Caesar What Is Caesar's







Tuesday April 11
Holy Tuesday

Bible Reading:     Matt. 22: 15 - 33

Topic:         Render to Caesar What Is Caesar's

In our reading today, representatives from a number of Jewish leadership groups came to Jesus with questions with the aim of trapping Him.

The question in v. 17 brought by the disciples of the Pharisees and the Herodians is short and to the point "is it lawful to pay taxes to the Emperor or not?"

Jesus answered their questions proving to them that He is aware of their tricks.

He called them hypocrites because they showed something of the outside (flattery) that is quite opposite of what is true internally.

As Christians, we are enjoined to obey the laws of the Country we live in so far as they do not go contrary to the Word of God, because all authorities are derived from God.

Those who resist authorities under God will bring judgement on themselves.

However we are to pray for all those in positions of leadership (secular and spiritual) so that their decrees will be godly.

Christians have dual citizenship; we must respect our rulers on earth but we must respect and honour God above man.

Caesar's image was on the coin while God's image is in the man.

The image of God in man was corrupted by sin is restored through Jesus Christ.

Your loyalty to God does not hinder your civic responsibility.

Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's

Prayer:

Lord, help me to rely on Your Wisdom as I face the challenges of life, Amen

Memory verse:   Matt. 22: 21

"..... render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and to God the things which are God's"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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