Devotions for October 3, 2016

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Matthew 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 16 They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. 17 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin,[a] 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.”

22 His reply amazed them, and they went away.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: The coin bears the image of Caesar, what, or who, bears the image of God? Do you see yourself as an image bearer of God Almighty?

Q: Have you ever found yourself being more concerned with things like an election, than with giving God the honor and praise he deserves?

Q: What would it look like if your first priority was not politics, the president, or the government, but was first giving to God what belongs to him as an image bearer?

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