耶稣基督的智慧 - 纳税 Wisdom of Jesus Christ - Paying Tax

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马太福音22 – 纳税

(法利赛人派遣一些弟子,冒充正直的人,问耶稣一个关于纳税的狡猾问题。他们想陷害耶稣,使他牵连入以色列人与执政当局罗马的政治纠纷。)

15当时,法利赛人出去商议,怎样就着耶稣的话陷害他,

耶稣基督的智慧 - 纳税 Jesus, denarius coin - question about paying tax

16就打发他们的门徒同希律党的人去见耶稣,说:夫子,我们知道你是诚实人,并且诚诚实实传神的道,甚麽人你都不徇情面,因为你不看人的外貌。17请告诉我们,你的意见如何?纳税给凯撒可以不可以?

注:凯撒-古罗马的凯撒大帝

(稍停片刻...想想看...如果你是耶稣,你将如何回答这个棘手的问题,...?)


(哦...一个罗马士兵在这里。如果你说了对罗马帝国统治有冲突的话语,他随时都会逮捕你,..嗯..)

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18耶稣看出他们的恶意,就说:「假冒为善的人哪,为什麽试探我? 19拿一个上税的钱给我看!
        
他们就拿一个银钱来给他。 20耶稣说:「这像和这号是谁的?

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21他们说:「凯撒的。
耶稣说:「这样,凯撒的物当归给凯撒;神的物当归给神。

(耶稣就这样巧妙地回避他们的圈套。)

思考:

如果你是一个非信徒,并认为耶稣基督只是一个疯狂的木匠,只说一些虚幻的东西,诸如上帝和天堂。你再想想耶稣的智慧,看耶稣如何快速与巧妙的处理这个狡猾和棘手的问题:)以后我会尽量与大家分享更多关于耶稣的智慧。 :)


有些人认为耶稣是一个激进的革命分子,这些人就失望了。另一方面,对于这件事,如你看到的是超越政治的话,这是一个重要的生活的比喻。在另一个例子,耶稣告诉彼得从鱼的嘴里取钱交税。在此之前,他却指出,业主不应该纳税。但在这里,耶稣虽是王中之王,却服从人间的权威。最后,耶稣纳税给后来判他死刑的政府。

这是我们大家的榜样:不仅对政府纳税,而且自我约束,以及对政府的一个正确的态度。

祷告:主啊,感谢你彰显示范的自我约束与恩典。

Wisdom of Jesus Christ – paying tax

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Matthew 22 – Paying tax

(The Pharisees send some of their disciples, posing as upright man, to ensnare Jesus by asking Him a loaded question about taxation.  They hope to implicate Him in a political dispute concerning Israel’s relationship to the ruling authorities in Rome.)

15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians.

Jesus, denarius coin - question about paying tax

"Teacher," they said, "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. 17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?

(Pause here for a while… How you are going to answer this tricky question if you were Jesus …?)

(Hey, a roman soldier is here. He may arrest you if you say anything not right to the Rome empire .. hmm..)

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18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19Show me the coin used for paying the tax."

They brought him a denarius, 20and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"

 coin - DENARIUS CAESAR HEAD

21"Caesar's," they replied. 
    Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."

22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

(His questioners marvel that Jesus has thus neatly evaded their trap.)

 

Thoughts:

If you are a pre-believer and feel that Jesus Christ is just a crazy carpenter who talked about imaginary things such as God and Heaven.  Think again about Jesus' wisdom.  See how Jesus quickly dealt with those tough and tricky question :) I will try to share with you more about the wisdom of Jesus in future. :)

For those who see Jesus as a radical revolutionary, this has to be a disappointing passage.  But for those who see Jesus as someone whose message goes beyond politics, this is an important living parable.  In another instance Jesus told Peter to pay the temple tax by taking the money out of the fish's mouth.  Before this he noted that the owner should not have to pay taxes.  Here Jesus, who was king of kings, submitted to earthly authority.  In the end, Jesus paid taxes to a government that would kill him.  It is an example to us all- not only of paying taxes to government, but also of self-control, and of a proper attitude toward government.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your example of self-control and grace.

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Hi Ladies,

Just a joke lah :) Why not you tell me how you define “Men”. :)

My mami said: Never offend a lady. Otherwise, 你会死得很惨!

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Joke: Man vs Woman 2 – control panel. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

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男人控制面板 

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   » 开或关


女人控制面板!

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Joke: Men vs Women 1 – shopping mission. Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus

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  任务:前往GAP,买一条裤子!

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Mission: Go to Gap, Buy a pair of pants

Joke: The origin of the word “WOMAN”

When God created Adam, Adam was alone and lonely.

One day when God bring Eve to Adam, Adam was over excited and he said Wo! man.

That’s how this word WoMan was created by Adam.

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