Sermon 19 October 2008

They must really have thought that they had got him at last. “Teacher, we know that you are sincere” they said. (I bet he knew they were up to something by their tone of voice). “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the Emperor or not?”. Some people are just too clever for their own good.

But Jesus, aware of their malice asks for the coin and looks at it.

His answer “Give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and to God the things that are God’s” is one of the cleverest things he is recorded as saying. But what does it really mean?
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