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Render Unto Ceasar

They said to Him, “Caesar's.”
And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.
Jesus is in complete control~He always is and always has been. He rebuked the Pharisees and the Herodians who were enemies, but their common enemy, Rome, brought them together. However, their opinions varied on taxes. Jesus affirmed that the government makes legitimate requests of us. Every born-again Believer has dual citizenship~here on earth and in heaven.
Render means to "give back". We are responsible to God in all things, and so we must be obedient to the government~as long as it does not go against God's Word~regarding matters of civil and national government. We must respect our elected leaders, whether we voted for them or not or whether we agree with them or not. We must obey the laws of the land (Romans 13), pay taxes, and especially pray for all who are in authority.

Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 to pray for them because they need salvation. At the time of his writing, Nero was in charge. If you know anything about Nero, he was a cruel and vicious blasphemer who hated Christians and was a persecutor of the faith. Caesar's image may have been on the coin, but God's image is on man because man was made in the image of the Trinity (Genesis 1:26-27). Sin has ruined that image, but through Jesus Christ it can be restored (Ephesians 4:24). Ultimately, all things belong to God~including the realm in which Caesar or any other earthly ruler exercises authority.
Believers must honor and obey God, and the best citizen honors his country because he worships God. ~Irene~

"If God gives you a few more years, remember it is not yours. Your time must honor God, your home must honor God, your activity must honor God, and everything you do must honor God."~ A. W. Tozer

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The Dream, the Mean and the Ugly!

Daniel 2.1-30

The Dream, the Mean, and the Ugly!


  • Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Vs1-16


  • So then we can see from this passage that Nebuchadnezzar was troubled and sought direction. Not knowing that it was LORD that was speaking to him he does as many others - he looked to the world for answers. Cf Gen 41.8/Pharaoh; Est 6.1/Artaxerxes 
  • Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. Nebuchadezzar was so intent on understanding the dream he promised whoever could give the interpretation gifts, rewards and great honor.
  • Friends this kind of behavior is going on today so called psychics that says they have the answers, but they don’t know. Be careful where you go to for answers. Remember the Word of God is sure and true. Cf. Proverbs 30.5
  • This was a serious situation for the men, Nebuchadnezzar was determined to know the truth and if it meant people were going to die to find the answer to the truth he was okay with that.
  • Makes me think; are we that determined to know the truth when it comes to God? Are willing to go to the extreme (not harming anyone of course) to find answers to His promises? 


  • God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Vs17-30


  • Daniel wasn’t even in the room well all this was going down, but once he found out he made it a priority to know the will of God in the matter. He called for a prayer meeting with his friends and in unity they sought God’s will for the answer. Do we have that same determination to seek out answers from God when life’s trials come?
  • Corporate prayer is important in the life of any believer. When we pray do we expect God to answer us or are we content to just give up and take what comes our way. Daniel’s life and the lives of his friends were hanging in the balance, but aren’t ours as well? 
  • Upon receiving the answer from God Daniel immediately gave praise and thanks to the LORD for His answers. V20-23 
  • We also see that because the answer involved other people besides Daniel and his companions he was quick to share the answer. Friends sometimes when God gives us things they may not be entirely for us. It is with prayer that we can determine if the answer is for us or perhaps someone else. 
  • Daniel stood firm in the face of the trial - although the king had promised gifts and rewards to whoever could give an answer to his dream Daniel wasn’t looking for anything in return.


God blesses whom He chooses and we should never serve Him expecting anything in return. Like Daniel let us learn to seek God on every matter that comes our way and be quick to perform the task He has put before us. 

No matter what the outcome may be let us hold fast to our belief in God and trust He will see you through. Amen


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