Mathew 22:20, 21
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.”
In those days Israelite’s were under the yoke of Roman rule. They were bound to pay taxes to their emperor. The image of the Roman emperor was inscribed on the coins.
It was the disciples of the Pharisees who came to Jesus asking if it was lawful to pay taxes to the Roman Government. Their intent was to trap Jesus in His words and the Lord knew the malice in their hearts .Seeing the coins the disciples showed Him and getting to know that the image and title were that of Caesar, Jesus asked them to pay to Caeser the things that are Caesar’s and pray to God the things that are due to God.
Jesus wanted the people to know
i) That every soul has to be subject to the governing authorities.
ii) Authorities exercised power over them and all powers that are, are ordained of God.
iii) And giving is an act of submission to authorities and fulfilling their duty as a citizen.
He also urged them to give unto God what is God’s just as they were bound to pay taxes to the ruling authorities.
Just as the Jews were called upon to pay taxes as an act of submission to the Roman emperor whose image and title was inscribed on the coins we as citizens of heaven upon whose souls and spirits are inscribed the image and likeness of God are we not bound to offer our tithes and offerings which belong to God?
i) it is He who gives you power to get wealth (Deut 8:18)
ii) Both riches and honor comes of Him and He reigns over all.
iii) In giving to God we accept the Lordship of Christ and are submitted to Him.
So giving to God is not a choice that we can make but a command to obey that everything may go well with us.
Author: Dorothy Alwin (NLFA Baroda)