Good morning, it is Thursday – always good to know where you are in the week!
Our Bible passage today is Luke Chapter 20 verses 19 to 26, ‘The spies on a mission’.
Following on from yesterday here is another more well-known encounter where people try to entrap Jesus with a difficult question (v.22), where a simple yes or no answer could lead Him into trouble. But sometimes it might not be quite as simple as that, and there might be a more nuanced response that is appropriate.And Jesus, seeing that they are trying to catch him out, is brilliantly wise and gives them such a good answer, ‘Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s’, that his questioners are astonished and silenced (v.26).The coin has Caesar’s image, but we ourselves have God’s image, because we are made in the image of God (Genesis Ch.1 vs.26-27) so we have to give ourselves to Him.
And so Sinclair Ferguson’s take-home message for us is to develop minds that are saturated with both the truth and wisdom of scripture, so we are not manipulated. He writes,’Think back to a time when someone tried to make you look small because you are a Christian, or to manipulate the truth. How would having a big grasp of the gospel and the Bible have helped you to respond?’
Moving down our address list, please remember in your prayers today,- Nova- Shirley and family