Pilgrim Uniting Church, Adelaide SA
SUN 22-OCT-2017 - 11.00 AM Sermon
Rev Dr Greg Elsdon
Pentecost 20 – "Show me the money!" – A deputation of religious and political rivals from the Pharisee and Herodian parties joined forces, to confront Jesus with a trick question – was it lawful to pay taxes to the Roman occupiers? A Yes would have Jesus in trouble with the ultra-religious Pharisees, who hated anything Roman; and a No would have him in trouble with the Romans and their Herodian collaborators. His response was neither Yes nor No; he pointed to the image of Caesar on the Roman coinage with which taxes were paid, and told them to honour God, in whose image all are created, just as they should pay taxes to Caesar in the currency that bore the image of Caesar. Everybody is created in the image of God, even the ones we find difficult or obnoxious – perhaps tarnished and distorted, but still to be treated with dignity and respect.
Matthew 22: 15-22

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