Mark 12:13-17 Essay

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Amanda Buttner New Testament May 13, 2011 Daniel Deffenbaugh “Mark 12:13-17” What belongs to Caesar, and what belongs to God? As the world was on the way to the demise of the great Roman Empire, there were other wars occurring, religious wars. Many people, especially Jews opposed Jesus Christ being the Messiah and on Earth to represent the Lord. His presence caused such a large uproar that occasionally groups that usually avoided each other would congregate so they could bring Jesus to his downfall. An abundant question at this time in history was whether or not it was right to pay or not pay taxes to the Emperor that the passage “Mark 12:13-17” is a prime example of this. The Sanhedrin brought together the Herodians and Pharisees to trap Jesus by his own words. The passage, “Mark 12:13-17” can be broken down into five parts; there are many underlying meanings to what is being said throughout. The first line explains who is involved in this section, “Then they sent him some Pharisees and Herodians to trap him in what he said.” The “they” in this passage is the Sanhedrin: which is composed of by scribes, elders, and priests. They form a group that’s goal is to trick Jesus in what he is saying, the group is composed of Herodians and Pharisees. The second line is, “And they came and said to him, ‘Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?’” At first they are complimenting Jesus so that he will not see their true motives behind approaching him, then they ask him the question that is meant to trap him. Should Jesus say “yes” to this this question, his answer would have gone against Judaic law and Jesus’ followers would most likely turn against him. If Jesus were to say “no”, then his answer
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