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The Pharisees were trying to catch Jesus out with this question. If he said "yes", he'd appear to be denying God as the rightful ruler of his people. If he said "no" he'd be guilty of defying the Roman occupiers. Jesus points out that the money already belongs to Caesar but he also lays down a challenge: are you really giving God the honour he deserves? Sometimes keeping lots of rules makes us look godly but in fact we are avoiding giving God the honour he should have: every part of our lives lived for him. (Image by Rev. Henry Martin found at