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TITLE: Whose Image is on it?
TEXT: Mark 12:13-17
PROPOSITION: We must understand the important words of this text.
  1. This chapter is a series of confrontations.
  2. People are trying to trick, entrap, and ensnare Jesus.
  3. They begin with “soft soap” to build him up. (v. 14)

Herodians - 13
  1. Not a religious group - but a political party loyal to Herod (and thus loyal to Rome)
  2. Most Jews resented the Roman rule and sought independence from Rome
  3. Their question was intended to create strife between Herodians and Zealots

Lawful - 14
  1. Did you ever play “Mother, may I?” game?
  2. Lawful includes:
    1. Jewish law
    2. Will of God
    3. Moral sense of right and wrong
  3. Today - government waste, used to support wrong (abortions), etc.
  4. Should we pay taxes? OR Do I HAVE to pay taxes?

Hypocrisy - 15
  1. Jesus saw through their plans - butter up and stick the knife in
  2. Hypocrite = acting a part, pretending to be someone you are not
  3. Most common - pretends to be righteous, but lives sinful life
  4. Here - pretending to seek information - really seeking to trap him

Image - 16
  1. Images are not wrong - photos, statues, art
  2. An image as an object of worship is wrong. (Exodus 20:4)
  3. Do not worship created things - worship the creator of all things.
  4. We bear the image of the heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:49)
  5. We are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27)
  6. Jesus the “express image” of the Father. (Hebrews 1:3)
  7. We should be like Jesus.

Render - 17
  1. Dictionary - to return, to pay back
  2. To surrender, yield, give up
  3. Romans 13:7 - Render to all their dues - tax, tribute, fear, honor

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