Read Mark 12:13–17
The Jews resented their Roman occupiers and despised paying taxes to Caesar. The Pharisees and the Herodians, a pro-Herod (Roman) Jewish party, sought to trap Jesus in a religious-state dispute over the issue of taxes. If Jesus answered “Yes” to paying taxes to a pagan ruler, He would lose support from the Jews and be branded as a traitor. If He answered “No “, the Pharisees could report Him to the Roman authorities and had Him arrested. Jesus knew their intentions by challenged them with, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” Since the Jews used the Roman currency, Jesus pointed out that what belonged to Caesar must be given to Caesar. What is an obligation to the worship of God, that is, being loving and merciful to others should be accorded to those less fortunate.
Some of the Pharisees were concerned with material wealth. They could not reconcile their lives of abundance with their role as spiritual teachers. Since they could not have an answer to this contradiction in their lives, they thought it was impossible for Jesus to answer this question. Hence, they posed this question in the hope of trapping Him. There are many such people today. Their concern is to gain favor with their superiors at the expense of their colleagues. A good leader, however, sees his superiors and his colleagues as God’s people. What is due to his superiors, he does. What is to be done to help his colleagues, he does. If there is work to be done in the office, he does. When it is time to go back home, he leaves his office because he knows it is just as important to have family time. Having a balance of work and family life ensures that people are more fulfilled in their lives. Matthew Desmond is an American sociologist who said, “I think that we value fairness in this country. We value equal opportunity. Without a stable home, those ideals really fall apart.” — XW
Children are brought up to concentrate on their own development and excellence without worrying too much for those around them. They have dichotomized the world so much that they do not see the big picture. They are just like the Pharisees who were only concerned with trapping Jesus by focusing only on…