Render Unto Caesar!
No question could have captured greater attention. It was cunningly planned by religious leaders who desperately wanted to trap Jesus with His own words. After plotting together, they presented their “verbal snare” to Him. It began with flattery: “Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.”
Then came the fiery missile: “Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?” (Matthew 22:16–17). The implications behind this question are both deep and profound, and the answer had potential political, economic, and spiritual ramifications.