Luke 20:20-26: Get out of that one.(please click here for todays passage)
It has been said that trying to oppose God is like playing chess against a grand master. Even your finest moves against Him He will use to defeat you. Here is a shining example of that point, The religious leaders thought they had an absolute gem of a question. They did not believe Jesus would have any good answer to what they threw at Him. They considered they had put Him in ‘check’, only to find themselves ‘check-mated’. They intended to paint Jesus into a corner He would not be able to get out of, only to find themselves there. ‘For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.’ (1 Corinthians 1:25).
Take the warning: don’t pretend ‘to be’ anything you are not (20). Jesus always sees through ‘duplicity’ (23).
The Bible leaves us with no excuse for bad citizenship. We should never worship the ’emperor’ (whoever he or she may be) or obey that dignitary over God. But there is an appropriate honour to be given to the government of our nation, and we should ensure we are not lacking in doing our duty.
Prayer: Lord, may my nation and community be the better because I live in it as a servant of God.
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