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My Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, thank You for bringing us all to this point in the week; some through trials and tribulations; others through sickness'; some through the death of a family member, love one, friend or enemy. Thank You for Your divine protection which kept and protected us through bodily harm or even death. Thank You for Your grace and mercy; thank You for the wisdom, knowledge and understanding of Your Word that we can love, be kind and merciful even in the face of adversities.  Now Lord, if it be your will: grant us this weekend that we may worship You on The Lord's Day [Sunday]. Bless our Jewish and Seventh Day Adventist brothers and sisters as they keep Your Sabbath--6PM Friday - 6PM Saturday. In Jesus' name is my supplication of thanksgiving and protection. Amen.

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

November 15 Economics, Currency, and CaesarMark 12:1–34

Jesus’ command to pay taxes is one of the trickier passages in the NT. The actual line isn’t tricky—“Give to Caesar the things of Caesar, and to God the things of God” (Mark 12:17)—but its origins and Jesus’ exact reasoning aren’t as clear.
People have taken this passage to suggest that Jesus was in favor of government or taxes. But this interpretation misses the point. We’re meant to learn from Jesus here, not take away some regulation. Certainly Jesus condones paying taxes and charity work, but those points touch only on the [basis] of His statement.
First, Jesus is annoyed. The Pharisees and Herodians are testing Him with this question, and He doesn’t approve. His reaction suggests that simply taking away a “law” here would sadden Him, for that’s all the Pharisees and Herodians cared about (Mark 12:15). The “law” would address only the political question.
Jesus goes on to ask for a denarius, signaling that He doesn’t have one—He …