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Give to God What is God’s – Matthew 22:15-22

·      Eddie George, former Governor of the Bank of England

o  “There are three types of economist; those who can count and those who can’t”

·      Pharisees coming up with a cunning plan to trap Jesus (v15)

o  Jesus was speaking against them (21:45-6)

§  ask Him about paying taxes to Caesar (v17)

·      this was a problem for the people of Judea (only)

o  taxes are rarely popular anyway (“But in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes” – Benjamin Franklin)

o  being paid to an occupying force

o  the coinage itself had Caesar’s image on it, breaking the 2nd commandment (Exodus 20:4)

§  to pay it you would have to handle an idol-image

§  inscription; ‘Tiberius Caesar Augustus, son of the divine Augustus, chief priest(vv20-21)

§  protesting against the tax got people crucified

§  encouraging/accepting its payment would brand you a Roman sympathiser

·      although the Pharisees had access to a coin... (v20)

·      The coin was is Caesar’s

give it to him

§  ajpodivdwmi – to give back, refund

§  perhaps disdainful, but not openly revolutionary

§  the tax can be paid, but not bowing to it

o  the perfect sidestep – Shane Williams would have been proud!

§  but then the match-winning try:

·      We are God’s

o  they/we are made in His image (Gen 1:26-7)

His Law to be inscribed on their/our hearts (Jer 31:33)

o  we should give ourselves back to Him

§  a biting comment – ‘you aren’t doing this!’

·      Serving God with every part of our lives

Romans 12:1-2

§  easy to separate life into different compartments

·      family/home and work

·      private and public/social

§  easy to do with faith and church

·      spiritual and unspiritual things?

·      11:00 – 12:30 is the time when we go to Church

o  the time we give to God

·      How can we worship (as per Romans 12) outside of church?

o  not what we do but how we do it

§  ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord...’ (Colossians 3:23)

§  encouraging one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

·      ‘...spur one another on toward love and good deeds’ (Hebrews 10:24)

§  being in private what we are / would be in public

o  offering God our thoughts, actions, time, finances et al

·      Loving God with all our heart, soul, mind, strength is quite an ask!

o  being made in His image and inscribed by Him reminds us that everything comes from Him

§  every breath is a gift from God

§  every moment of eternity offered through Jesus’ saving act

o  let’s live all our life for Him

§  offer ourselves as living sacrifices

§  give to God what is God’s

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