To Catch Him in His Words

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Mark 1: 13-20

13 Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14 They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax[b] to Caesar or not? 15Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”

But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.

17Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”

And they were amazed at him.


— This story is scripture makes me smile… they (the Herodians and Pharisees)were trying to catch Jesus, who is the WORD, in His words.

Dear Herodians and Pharisees:

Since He is the WORD, how do you think you are going to trip Him up?

Do you know WORDS that He does not know?

Are you smarter than His Words?

His Words spoke the Universe into existence, yet you are arrogant enough to think you can trip Him up as if with a jump rope?

The World is held together by His Words. He already knew ahead of time that you were going to try to catch Him in His words.

Now that’s amusing.


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