2045.) Luke 20:20-47

Seven husbands for one wife — who gets her?  The religious leaders pester Jesus with peculiar questions and Jesus answers them more and more clearly. It is coming close to the end — Jesus has little to lose by offending them now.

Luke 20:20-47   (NIV)

Paying Taxes to Caesar

Tiberius Caesar was emperor of the Roman Empire during the time of Jesus’ ministry.  This bust of Tiberius  is displayed in the Ara Pacis Museum in Rome.

20Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be honest. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. 22Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23He saw through their duplicity and said to them, 24“Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?”

The denarius, a small silver Roman coin, was the usual wage for one day's work.

The denarius, a small silver Roman coin, was the usual wage for one day’s work.

25“Caesar’s,” they replied.
He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

Romans 13:7 (ESV)

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

26They were unable to trap him in what he had said there in public. And astonished by his answer, they became silent.

The Resurrection and Marriage

Traditional Wedding Vows:
I, Sweetie-pie, take you, Snookems,
to be my (wife/husband),
to have and to hold from this day forward,
for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer,
in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish;
from this day forward until death do us part.

27Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. 28“Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and have children for his brother. 29Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. 30The second 31and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. 32Finally, the woman died too. 33Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”

34Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, 36and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. 37But in the account of the bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

39Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” 40And no one dared to ask him any more questions.

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Music:

I marvel at the blatant disrespect and deliberate conniving the religious leaders engaged in against Jesus. And then I quickly realize how easy it for me to try to bargain and deal with Jesus in order to get my own way! Let it not be so! Instead, let my mouth sing praise to Jesus!  HERE  is “Majesty, Worship His Majesty” written by Pastor Jack Hayford of The Church on the Way, one of the largest churches in southern California.

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Whose Son Is the Christ?

41Then Jesus said to them, “How is it that they say the Christ is the Son of David? 42David himself declares in the Book of Psalms:

” ‘The Lord said to my Lord:
“Sit at my right hand
43until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet.” ‘

44David calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”

45While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,

46“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 47They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.”

Proverbs 28:5 (ESV)

Evil men do not understand justice,
but those who seek the LORD understand it completely.

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New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by Biblica

Images courtesy of:
Tiberius Caesar.    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/8095_-_Roma_-_Ara_Pacis_-_Tiberio_-_Foto_Giovanni_Dall%27Orto_-_28-Mar-2008.jpg
denarius.   http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/olympians/images/b/b5/Tiberian_denarius.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20121113035554
Jewish bride and groom.    http://www.favorsandflowers.com/images/D/Traditional-Jewish-Bride-and-Groom-Cake-Topper-D.jpg
Pharisees.   http://www.bible-history.com/pharisees/pharisees2.jpg
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