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Render Unto Caesar…..

I’ve never looked at things from this point of view:

Matthew 22:20-21 – …..and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Haggai 2:8 – ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the LORD Almighty.

Precisely what belongs to Caesar? Did Jesus say? Jesus worded his question very carefully: “Whose are the portrait and inscription?” The image and likeness belong to Caesar. Take away the silver, and what are you left with? Nothing. Thin air. Read carefully: Jesus did not say that the coin belonged to Caesar. In Haggai 2:8, the Lord says “The gold is mine, and the silver is mine.” Gold belongs to God and his creatures. Not to the State. Jesus never said that anything belonged to Caesar (the State.)

Ever looked at it that way? I hadn’t……
Interesting perspective, eh?

****More to consider – Luke 23:1-2 – Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Christ, a king.”
Psalm 24:1 – The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;*****

Until next time…..

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