Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Luke - God and Caesar

Luke 20:21  And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:  

 A little flattery before the sharp tongue of deceit.

Luke 20:22  Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
Luke 20:23  But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?

Questions to tempt. Carnal minds used of the devil come against the Son of God to tempt him to say something to where he may be accused of them. These workers of satan often think they serve God. One said to me, I love God with all my heart. But immediately opposed Jesus. The two will never go together. To say we serve God and to tempt a brother in the Lord, or the Lord Jesus, is to show a wicked heart, a heart controlled by false beliefs and another spirit. To deny and tempt the Christ is to block our own way to God. Be not deceived.

Luke 20:24  Show me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.
Luke 20:25  And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

Excellent answer. Who is able to debate the mind of God? Who is able to out smart the Lord of Glory? He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings, do we think that our thinking is greater than God?  Our words more clever than God's word?  

 2 Cor 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  

Reprobate:  not standing the test, not approved  

2 Tim 2:15  Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Tim 2:16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

 Luke 20:26  And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.  

Once again, they were more concerned about the opinions of the people, more than the truth of God. They held there peace, but like so many who have their own stubborn will, they have not changed their mind. To be loved by the people and to go to hell, or to obey and love God? A simple choice for an unclouded mind. What will they be singing in hell? I had it my may? Wake up and sing the glory of God! I will praise my Redeemer!

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