Today's Reading: Luke 20-21
Key Verse: Luke 20:25
And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."
Today's reading concludes with, "take heed." Here is Jesus' conclusion to almost 100 verses of teaching, "Watch therefore and pray always." This blog can help us do that! We learn from the happenings here that when someone argues with Jesus, they don't win the argument. The "coin" is a case in point. The Jews were groaning under the heel of Rome. Jesus' answer to the tax question was simple, yet profound.
Today, we struggle with our responsibilities to government and to God. We use money printed or minted by government, yet, our ultimate values are not government actions, but God Himself. God will put the final period on the history books of this age. Jesus has put humanity on notice, He said in today's reading, we will see soon. ‘The Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory'" (Luke 21:27).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, here we are. We're determined to "take heed," by Your grace. Please help us to be prepared at any moment to welcome Your coming. Please give us the gift of diligence, consistency, and purity so that, because of Your forgiveness of our sin, we'll be ready! Amen!
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