At first it seems Jesus’ enemies are asking a simple tax question?
Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?
The Teacher isn’t fooled. He knows they don’t really care about his opinion. Ever been there?
“Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this?
"Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
Ok, simple enough. We should give Caesar his coin back because it belongs to him. His image is on it.
But the Teacher turns their tricky tax question into a lesson about God. He says we are to give to God what is God’s!
So what belongs to God’s?
Logically, wouldn’t it also be whatever has God’s image on it?
But that’s us! We are all made in the image of God?
The Teacher is saying we are to give ourselves to God! We belong to Him!
Then just one last question…
Owe any back taxes?