Sep 19 2014
“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” With such words Jesus silenced the religious leaders. People were amazed. They asked “How did this man get such learning without having been taught?” Hearing them Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me” (John 7:16).
When Jesus told the Jews to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, some Pharisees and Herodians had come to catch him in his words. They wanted to show him up as a false teacher. The Pharisees considered themselves to be guardians of the law – those who upheld what it was to be Jewish. The Herodians were the pro-Roman Jewish aristocracy who demanded loyalty to Herod and Caesar. More