Luke 20:19-23 (NKJV) 19 And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people—for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.
The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?
20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
21 Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me?
Why do you ask some of the questions that you ask? Why do you do some of the things that you do? What’s your intent or motive behind your questions or actions? Have you ever attempted to carefully construct a statement or question so that you could trick someone into responding in a way that only benefited you, and then you held them to their answer? Or asked a question to make the responder look silly in front of others? Check out these questions…
If Mrs. Thompson’s rooster lays an egg in Mr. Ed’s garage, then who owns the egg? No one; roosters don’t lay eggs.
How many animals did Moses take into the Ark? None, it was Noah.
Were you able to see through the facade/trickery of those questions?
Jesus not only sees through your trickery when you’re speaking to Him, but He also sees it when you’re speaking with others. You might feel like you pulled one over on them, but He sees and He knows your intentions. You might make a statement or ask a question with hopes that they get baited into your snare…but He sniffed your craftiness out far in advance. So just when you feel like you fooled someone, or tricked them, just remember, by doing so you're testing Him.
Matthew 25:40, 45 (NIV) 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ 45 “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
James 4:3 (NKJV) You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
Proverbs 20:14 (NLT) The buyer haggles over the price, saying, “It’s worthless,” then brags about getting a bargain!
Just when you’re tempted to resort to being crafty with your questions and actions…remember this, He knows your motives and will see right through you even if it seems like others don't. Lastly, treat others with respect at all times. What you do to them, is like doing it unto Him.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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