for May 30, 2023
05-30-2023 Matthew Ch 22 v-1822 God give what He deserves
Gospel of Matthew Ch 22 v- 18 thru 22
18 Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. 20 He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” 21 They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” 22 When they heard this they were amazed, and leaving him they went away.
They tried and tried and tried to catch Jesus breaking the Law or encouraging others to break the Roman occupied laws. But nothing. Jesus wasn’t about to break the laws that protect Him as much as it would condemn Him. You see, Jesus knows the Romans are ruthless but at the same time He knew they provided protection to worship as they saw fit which was every aspect of the Jewish faith. When the Jews were asked by Jesus to produce a coin that pays the Census Tax, their eagerness in producing a Roman coin implies their use of it and their acceptance of the financial advantages of the Roman government in Palestine. Jesus wasn’t about to get played. Amen.
The emperor Tiberius Caesar ruled from A.D. 14 through 37 and is the ruler Jesus spoke of when He said, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar” meaning those who willingly use the coin that is Caesar’s should repay him in kind. The answer Jesus provides avoids taking sides in the question of the lawfulness of the tax. But then Jesus closes with, “and To God what belongs to God” raising the debate to a new level of giving to God what God should receive from all of you. Jesus let those who have hypocritically asked about tax know that in respect to its relation to the law of God should be concerned with repaying God with the good deeds that are his due His Heavenly Father in Heaven. Pay your tax and tithe accordingly to God. Amen.
Join me as we pray our daily prayer of forgiveness. I am sorry Lord. I believe You died and rose for me. Please forgive me as I forgive others. I share You as my Lord and Savior seeking to live your Will in all things. Prayers for wife Toni and my mother Betty pray for our children especially our two oldest Alexandra & Allen; Julian, Gabriel and Jeffrey and our grandchildren Oliver, Julian and Elliott. We pray for those we’ve said we’d pray for and those who’ve asked us to pray for them. We pray for the dying as we do each day Lord give them peace in their last breath. Silence for the prayers of others dealing with the war in Ukraine. In the Holy Spirit we pray our brothers in Kairos especially a prayer for our men in blue. We pray for Holy Mother Church. We pray for the intersession of our Holy Mother for the sister of Jackie her name is Loreen. Daily prayers for our neighbor Thelma. Prayers for a friend and his wife for a baby to be born. In Jesus Precious Blood by His Name we pray. Amen.
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Catholic Evangelist Thomas Cruz†Wiggins
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05-30-2023 Matthew Gospel Ch 22 v-1822
**God give what He deserves**
Jesus knew malice theirs
Me testing you why prepared
Calling them hypocrites of dare
Coin Me show tax census pay compare
Roman coin in scripted with image of who He reprimanded
Caesars replied they all expanded
Caesar repay then what he commanded
God give what He deserves He demanded
Away they went amazed hearing this very candid
© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins
May 30, 2023 @ 04:44 AM EST
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