Matt. 22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk. 16 And they sent to Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are true, and teach the way of God in truth; nor do You care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men. 17 Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, “Why do you test Me, you hypocrites? 19 Show Me the tax money.” So they brought Him a denarius. 20 And He said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?” 21 They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22 When they had heard these words,they marveled, and left Him and went their way.
“Then the Pharisees went and plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk.” Nothing has changed – people still want to entangle Christians.
The Need for Apologetics: Entangled – picture a fish caught in a net.
Herodians – Enemy’s often unite to fight God.
“Teacher, we know that you are true”…Jesus is the embodiment of truth.
How do we know if something is true? It lines up with the character of God
You do not “care about anyone, for You do not regard the person of men.”
Jesus will not change His teaching because of favour or fear –
“Woe be to you when all men speak well of you” contrasted with “A good name is to be chosen over great riches.”
Boldness for truth [not arrogance] is a sign of someone filled with God’s Spirit… . . . TRUTH BUBBLES OVER.
They are meek – not domineering. They are gentle – not harsh. They seek to listen.
Is it lawful to pay taxes or not?
Romans 13 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
~ SERVICE COSTS MONEY
We are “Subject to” until they want us to stop obeying God.
“When they had heard these words, they marveled, and left Him and went their way.” “The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.” ~ Augustine or Spurgeon
The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?
NOTE: They were part of a conservative political movement. They only accepted the written Law of Moses. Once a person breathed their last breath, they ceased to exist.
23 The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 24 saying: “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.25 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother. 26 Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh. 27 Last of all the woman died also.28 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven. 31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.” 33 And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.
How are they mistaken? “The letter kills, the Spirit gives life.”
1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Example: Mormonism teaches marriage in heaven – spirit children
Mormons don’t want this out, but past writings don’t lie. President after President confirms it:
“Brethren, 225,000 of you are here tonight. I suppose 225,000 of you may become gods. There seems to be plenty of space out there in the universe…” (November 1975, p. 80. Quoted in Doctrine and Covenants Institute Student Manual).
Jesus says, “YOU ARE MISTAKEN” … Why can’t we?
When you don’t know the Scriptures, you really don’t know God. THEY TESTIFY OF THE TRUTH…
Truth is not “flexible” when it comes to absolutes—it’s unyielding. Truth liberates. Truth rebuilds. Truth restores. Truth heals. Truth transforms. Truth prevails—you don’t change truth—truth changes you!
CLOSING: 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”
John 11:25 Jesus said to her [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
The question we all must answer – “do you believe this?”
Jesus – “You don’t care about anyone” – He doesn’t care about opinions, or offending people with the truth, but He DOES care about you.
“I am the resurrection and the life.”
ISAIAH 60:1 – Arise, Shine: … Context
Get up in the midst of adversity and reflect the goodness of God …
… ARISE AND SHINE