Passage: Mark 12:13-17
Because we are in Christ, we must clearly define and properly align our allegiances
Mark 12:13-17 is situated amid a series of 7 escalating conflicts between Jesus and the religious leaders. After failing to confront Jesus directly, the Sanhedrin sends the Pharisees and Herodians to trap Jesus in His word as they question Him about the theological legality of the people of God paying tribute to pagan government through taxes.
Don’t be confused; the rendering of our lives to God doesn’t impress God or earn merit or favor before Him. God is not a demanding overload, a cruel dictator, or a greedy landowner. God is a gracious Father, who has given to us exactly what we never deserved but so desperately needed- Jesus!
- Setting the Trap
- Jesus discerns the heart
- We must clearly define kingdom boundaries
- We owe God everything
Mark 12:13-17 “Render to whom it is due”