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What Did Jesus Say About Taxes?
by Wayne Blank
"Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's"
The Herodians joined with the Pharisees to oppose Jesus Christ, even after witnessing His miracles:
"And He entered again into the synagogue [see also Aliyya and Haftara]; and there was a man there which had a withered hand. And they watched Him, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath day; that they might accuse Him. And He saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth."
Jesus' famous "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" was in response to an attempted political set-up by the Herodians and Pharisees:
"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 [see Rabbi], 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?"
Fact Finder: (a) What sort of coin was Jesus Christ holding in the Scripture (Mark 12:15-16) above? (b) Which two Caesars could possibly have been pictured on the coin?