7-02-17 - Government-A Necessary Evil or A Godly Blessing?

Rev. Steve Ahlersmeyer

Mark 12:13-17


And they [Jewish leaders] sent to him [Jesus] some of the Pharisees and
some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. 14 And they came and said
to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone's
opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of
God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should
we not?” 15 But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the
test? Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16 And they brought one. And
he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him,
“Caesar's.” 17 Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” And they marveled at him.