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Nobody likes to pay taxes. That was as true for people in Jesus’ time as it is today. The Pharisees tried to get Jesus to take sides about the taxes the Jews paid to the Romans who occupied their land. Jesus asked to see the coin used to pay taxes, and someone in the group gave him one to examine. Jesus asked whose image was on the coin. They told him it was Caesar’s image. Jesus then uttered the now famous line: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” This principle teaches us all how to obey both civil and religious laws and asks us to take a good look at where our first allegiance lies when the laws are in conflict.
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Image credit: James Tissot (French, 1836–1902). The Tribute Money (Le denier de César), 1886–1894. Brooklyn Museum, purchased by public subscription.