Mission: Destroy Jesus

SermonSermon for the Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost
The Text: Matthew 22:15-21
15  Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words.
16  And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances.
17  Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?”
18  But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites?
19  Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.
20  And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”
21  They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

A Little Background to help understand the sermon:  (I admit that this is somewhat simplified, but it is accurate)
Pharisee–A lay religious group who hated the Herodians as collaborators and people who were religiously unclean because of their constant contact with Gentiles.

Herodians–A political group who supported the House of Herod (and consequently the Roman overlords).  They hated the Pharisees and saw them as religious bumpkins.

The tax:  The Roman Head Tax imposed on every subject person (conquered non-Romans) in the Roman Empire.
The Pharisees hated this tax because it was an admission that the Jews were a conquered people.
The Herodians supported this tax.

Sermon for the 22nd Sunday After Pentecost

Should you wish to access Pastor Kerner’s sermon archive, you can do so at https://gslcsuffield.wordpress.com/2010/12/08/sermon-archive-2010-2011/

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 585 South St. (Route 75), Suffield CT 06078 USA  http://www.gslcsuffield.com

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