Jesus continues his criticism of the religious leaders, telling the parables to show their disobedience and rejection of God—the two sons (only one was obedient), ungrateful tenant farmers and a feast that only the poor ended up attending; He then talked about paying taxes and resurrection: Matthew 21:28–32; Mark 12:1–12; Matthew 21:33–46; Luke 20:9–19; Matthew 22:1–14; Mark 12:13–17; Matthew 22:15–22; Luke 20:20–26; Mark 12:18–27; Matthew 22:23–33; Luke 20:27–40
Too afraid of the people to arrest Jesus, the various religious leaders tried to entrap Him through some obscure questions:
- From the Sadducees, who didn’t believe in the resurrection: if a widow remarries, whose wife is she at the resurrection?
- From the Pharisees, who wanted Herod to do the arresting: should they pay taxes to Caesar?
Jesus knew what was going on, sidestepped the surface questions and answered the real one, asking them in response to the tax question to hand Him a Roman coin. After determining it was Caesar’s image on the coin, Jesus advised them to:
Mark 12:17 give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.