GIVE TO CAESAR; GIVE TO GOD
Key Verse: 12:17
1. Read verses 13-14a. Who did the religious leaders send to
Jesus? For what purpose? (12:12-13; 11:18) How did they flatter Jesus? Why? Was
what they said about him true? (Think about each thing they said.) How could
they be his enemies?
2. Who were the Pharisees? (See Mt 23:23-25; Mt 23:5) How
could they become so corrupt? Who were the Herodians? Why was it unusual for
the Pharisees and the Herodians to be doing something together? Why did they?
3. Read 12:14b-15. What loaded question did they asked
Jesus? (14b-15) What was the motive behind their question? Read verses 15b.
What did Jesus know about them? What did he ask them to bring him? Why?
4. Read 12:16-17. What did Jesus ask them about the coin and
what was their answer? What did Jesus mean by "Give to Caesar what is
Caesar's"? What does this teach us about our basic obligations to our
government and our secular jobs? Why should we “give to Caesar?” (See 1 Pe
2:13-17; Ro 13:1,5)
5. What did Jesus teach about mankind’s basic duty to God?
Why do we have such a duty? (See Ge 1:27; Ex 20:1-2; Mk 10:45) What should we
give to God? (Dt 6:5; Micah 6:8; Mal 3:8) Why were they amazed at Jesus’
6. What does this passage suggest about the importance of a giving spirit? How might this conversation be related to the parable of the tenants? Why don’t people like to give? Why should we give? (Ge 14:18-20; 1Pe 1:18-19; Ac 20:35)