What Belongs to God?

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SCRIPTURE: Matthew 22:15-22 Common English Bible

15 Then the Pharisees met together to find a way to trap Jesus in his words. 16 They sent their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are genuine and that you teach God’s way as it really is. We know that you are not swayed by people’s opinions, because you don’t show favoritism. 17 So tell us what you think: Does the Law allow people to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
18 Knowing their evil motives, Jesus replied,
“Why do you test me, you hypocrites?
19 Show me the coin used to pay the tax.”
And they brought him a denarion.
20 “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked.
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said, “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”
22 When they heard this, they were astonished, and they departed.

HERODIANS: supporters of King Herod, who was tasked by Rome to keep order within the Jewish population in Jerusalem.

PHARISEES: Jewish leaders who prioritized religious tradition as the primary identity of the people.

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