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Why The Gotcha Questions

"We know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" (Matt.22:16-17).

I put the "gotcha" question in dark print this morning. In this question, the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him (Jesus) in His words" (Vs.15). Just as with the Sadducees a few verses ahead, they were attempting to make Jesus look bad by asking a question that was tricky and seemingly impossible to answer. I guess you might call the Sadducees the modernists of Christ's day. Their faith was one that was filled with denials. The Sadducean faith denied a bodily resurrection, immortality, personal retribution, and the existence of angels and spirits... The modernists of today deny the miraculous deeds of God and Jesus. The word "myth" is often used to explain away the virgin birth of Jesus and His many miracles... They exalt human reason above divine revelation, and refuse to accept a God bigger than themselves. The Pharisees and Sadducees believed that they were leading the right kind of life, and we know how Jesus handled their feeble attempts to exalt themselves and denigrate Him and others. Even though some modernists maintain a semblance or form of godliness, they deny the power...When the apostle Paul writes to Timothy about them, here's the description; "There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of God, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God ---- having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them" (2 Tim.3:1-5). There is no sustenance to satisfy the longings of the human soul here! Because we want to be Christ-like in our lives, for the next day or two we'll look at how Jesus handled this. I believe it will make us stronger....

Have a great day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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