Lest We Offend

“What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their own sons or from strangers?”  Matthew 17:25 NKJV

“Peter said to Him, ‘From strangers.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are free.'” Matthew 17:26 NKJV

“Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first.  And when you have opened it’s mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.”  Matthew 17:27

Kind of mind boggling that Jesus would pay the temple tax.

Thank You, Lord, for covering us in such a way that we may not offend.  And here’s a simple poem . . .

Lest we offend them
we will pay the tax

what is it to us
but water off our backs

for we are sons and daughters
of our Heavenly King

and He will make a way for us
to do these earthly things.

God bless you as sons and daughters of the King!

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Paying Taxes

“Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Luke 20:22
“But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, ‘Why do you test Me?'” Luke 20:23
“Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” “They answered and said, ‘Caesar’.” Luke 20:24
“And He said to them, ‘Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s’.” Luke 20:25

As tax time approaches, it’s time to render to “Caesar” what is “Caesar’s”. There are laws, rules and accountants to all help with that. But what about rendering to God the things that are God’s?

Lord, help me to remember that everything I have is Yours to use anyway You want. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Rendering

My fingers curl
next they clench

but You gently pull
them loose again

in order for me
to give and receive

I need open hands
and a heart that believes.

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