Further Plotting

In Mark 12:13-17, we have an example of another plan to trap Jesus: “And they send unto Him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch Him in (His) words. And when they were come, they say unto Him, Master, we know that Thou art true, and carest for no man: for Thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not? Shall we give, or shall we not give? But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye Me? bring Me a penny, that I may see (it). And they brought (it). And He saith unto them, Whose (is) this image and superscription? And they said unto Him, Caesar’s. And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at Him.” These religious schemers approached Jesus, intending to ask a question that would get Him in trouble no matter how He answered. They began by flattering Him, evidently hoping to catch Him “off guard.” Should taxes be paid to Caesar or not? If He answered either way, one of the two groups could use it against Him. Jesus asked them why they were testing Him. Imagine the stupidity of trying “to put one over” on the Son of God! Instead of walking right into the trap, Jesus “turned the tables” on them, asking for a Roman coin. Enquiring whose image was on the coin, they replied, “Caeser’s.” He then taught a vital Truth: Give to the government what it is entitled to receive and to God what is His! Caught in their own web, they were dumbfounded! How would they respond? Robert Harkness laid out the only two choices in his hymn, “You Must Do Something with Jesus.” His lyrics express the choices: “You must do something with Jesus, you must do something tonight, you must decide this great question, you must do something tonight. No neutral ground can be taken, you must do something tonight, you must be for or against Him, you must do something tonight. Jesus would have you receive Him, you must do something tonight, you must confess or deny Him, you must do something tonight. You must choose life or death’s darkness, you must do something tonight, these are the issues eternal, you must do something tonight. You must do something with Jesus, you must do something tonight, will you reject? Or, will you accept?  You must do something tonight!” Selah! Day or night, when we are confronted with Jesus and His claims, we must receive or reject. Any opportunity could be our last one. Don’t gamble on one more opportunity! “He, that being often reproved hardeneth (his) neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy” (Proverbs 29:1)!    Ron

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