18th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 19th October – Matthew 22:15-22

14 10 2014

18th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 19th October – Matthew 22:15-22

Need to Know
1. Know any good stories of people challenging the ‘Emperor’? How might they inspire us today?
2. The verb ‘give/render’ means to repay a debt, to settle what is owed, to return something to its rightful owner. What do we owe the state?
3. Whose image do we bear? Our parents? God’s? What do we need to give/render to them and also to God?

Need to Challenge
1. ‘But Jesus, aware of their malice…’ (v18). Jesus has the gift of discernment of spirits. Have we ever asked for this gift?
2. Two proverbs – ‘A flatterer is one who says things to your face that he or she wouldn’t say behind your back’; ‘Flattery licks but later often bites’. How do we discern what is the gift of honesty and what is flattery?
3. Jesus despises hypocrisy. Can we challenge hypocrisy?

Need to Comfort
1. Jesus was deft at answering these impossible questions. For those of us who freeze in these situations – what encouragement could we give?
2. If the disciples of the Pharisees and the Herodians wanted to ask a real question to Jesus about paying taxes what might this question be?
3. What do these disciples of Pharisees and Herodians learn about God?

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