My Share

Taxes, and tithing; holding and letting go.

Matthew 22:19-21 (CSB)
Show me the coin used for the tax.” They brought him a denarius. “Whose image and inscription is this?” he asked them.
“Caesar’s,” they said to him.
Then he said to them, “Give, then, to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

I’d like to change up what tends to be the typical application of this passage a bit.  We typically reference this as our responsibility to pay legal taxes to the governing bodies. While perhaps this is part of what Jesus was teaching us, I really don’t believe that it was central to His message.  While taxes can become burdensome; Jesus is delivering a message of freedom in these three verses. A message that is much more important than the money we surrender to fund the governmental apparatus.

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Between The Lines

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (CSB)
For I know the plans I have for you” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart.

The Old Testament is full of prophetic writings and parallels that translate to New Testament writings and even into our day to day lives literally thousands of years later. Continue reading “Between The Lines”