Sunday, October 16, 2011
Sermon: Pentecost 18A
This morning’s reading was probably the encounter that broke the camel’s back for both of them.
The religious leaders probably thought they were going to trap him once and for all. They start by buttering him up, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you don’t show favouritism. Tell us then, what do you think, Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor or not?”
But Jesus sees right through them. And uses some pretty strong language,” Why are you trying to trip me up, you hypocrites?”
Then he asks, “Who has one of those idolatrous coins on them, the ones that taxes are paid with?” One of the religious leaders fumbles in his pocket and pulls out a coin.
“Whose head is on this coin and what’s his title?” Jesus asks holding the coin to their noses and his eyes lazar-beamed into theirs.
“The emperor’s” they respond.
“The give to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s and the give to God the things that are God’s,” Jesus snipes, throwing the coin back at them.
On surface, Jesus seems to be...(whole thing here)