Those with power over thought always try to color things to make people believe what they believe. I'll give some examples from some recent US presidents. We were beaten over the head with how smart Bill Clinton was, never mind that he did some of the stupidest things as president. George Bush was presented again and again as dumb. Never mind that he graduated from Harvard.
Back in Jesus day the Pharisees were the thought police. Now the gloves were off. It was all out war.
15 -17 "That's when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging."
They have tried a number of strategies.
Resurrection didn't work.
Divorce hadn't done it either.
Today the topic was the ever unpopular taxes...
They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod's followers mixed in, to ask, "Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don't pander to your students."
Wow! Is that a set up or what! If someone is flattering you excessively watch out!!
"So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 -19 "Jesus knew they were up to no good.
He said, "Why are you playing these games with me?
Why are you trying to trap me?
Do you have a coin?
Let me see it."
They handed him a silver piece.
20"This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?"
21They said, "Caesar."
"Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his."
WHAM BAM! Back atcha man!
22 "The Pharisees were speechless. They went off shaking their heads."
Score one for Jesus!
Is this what he meant when he said, "Be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves?"