Religion and Politics
Passage: Luke 20:19–26
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In this week’s passage, the hypocrisy of the Jewish religious leaders and the hollowness of their faith are a warning to us not to become like them. What are the dangers of hearing the Word of God week in and week out but never applying His word to our lives? Describe what this does to a person’s heart and soul.
It is a simple thing to use the language of Christianity but never truly believe. What is the foolproof way to know whether a person is truly saved? How about you? What is the fruit in your life?
The Jewish leaders sent spies to flatter and “butter up” Jesus in order to manipulate and trap Him. But none of these tactics worked. Why do you think flattery never works on Jesus or on godly people? On the flip side, why does manipulative flattery work well on prideful insecure people?
Jesus tells the Jews to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s. Explain how submission to a secular governmental authority reveals an even greater faith and submission to God’s authority.
The main point of the passage is found in v.25 where it says, “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”. What is Jesus’ point? What things should be rendered to Caesar, and what things to God and why? For you personally, what things do you need to render unto God?