Mark 12- 2020-11-19
Please use one of the prompts below to get your journaling started.
- Explore your fears and what’s behind them.
- Write about a relational conflict you are experiencing.
- List out all that you are grateful for.
- Recall a significant reaction, conversation or event.
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- Bible Text: Mark 12:13-17
13 And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they marveled at him.
Questions to help us go deeper
- Notice that the Pharisees and Herodians intended to trap Jesus with this question about a controversial topic. Jesus knew their hypocrisy and that they had no intention of obeying his answer. Are there any controversial issues surrounding Christian life that I allow to detract from my obedience?
- What belongs to “Caesar” and what belongs to God? What would it look like to “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” in my life today?