God bless you,
Today I just want you to be alert on the people you let in your inner circle. Jesus had a great multitude following Him. People who needed to be healed, who needed to be set free and those who just wanted to hear and learn more of the wise Words He had to share. Jesus is the Son of God. He came into the world in His human form did everything the Father told Him to. He was obedient in everything and was in constant prayers with God. As the multitude was growing and Jesus had more followers because the great things He was doing; the Pharisees and the Sadducees began to feel threatened by Him. They wanted to catch Jesus on His own words and His own deeds. But who can fool Jesus (God) nobody;… He knew what was going in the minds of the Pharisees and Sadducees so they didn’t get the chance. They were plotting plots after plot. The Pharisees felt threatened because of the Power Jesus had, because everyone started following Him, at some point the Pharisees thought who is this Man, coming into our town and taking over what is ours. When someone has power they need to feel that they are in control, but now they didn’t get the attention as needed. Everyone was to busy following the Great I Am; Jesus the Son of God, they were hunger and thirsty for what He had. So this mad the Pharisees furious..
While reading this passage, I was thinking people never gets tired of competing with each other, they want everything good of other without the willingness to give. They feel threatened by you because they think you are better, you get all the attention, you got the promotion etc. It’s a very bad habit. If you are working for the kingdom of God, you are contributing to it. Doesn’t matter if the one is a leader, worshipper, deacon, senior pastor; we all have the same goal.
The goal is to help edify the Kingdom of God. To help others to be free from bondage as you has been set free. He came for everyone! (not just a selection)
Matthew 22:15-22 (NIV)
Paying the Imperial Tax to Caesar
15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians.“Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”
21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away
In this same chapter if you keep reading you will find that on this same day also the Sadducees approached Jesus.
Jesus was flawless, but they wanted to find faults and wrongs in Him so they could catch Him on it!
With loving regards,