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Summary:

RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP DOES NOT VIOLATE OUR OBLIGATION TO GOD, BUT RATHER IS CONSISTENT WITH THAT HIGHER AUTHORITY

Introd.: Examine diff. viewpoints regarding the separation of church and state Issue: the obligation of believers to God's kingdom vs. our obligation to the state Specific issue here is paying taxes, but that only represents the larger issue

1. The Trap -- Viewing our Obligation to God and Our Obligation to the State as Mutually Exclusive (:13-14)

a. Strange bedfellows plan the trap (:13)

1) Context

The goal of the religious leaders was to publicly discredit Jesus with the people and with the Roman government

2) The strange bedfellows defined: a mixed group of Pharisees and Herodians

3) Sneaky goal -- trying to get Jesus to say something they could use against Him

b. They Bait the trap with Flattery and False Pretenses (:14a)

c. They spring the trap by presenting 2 wrong choices and demanding that Jesus pick one or the other

Transition: Jesus did not fear traps, but viewed them as opportunities to turn the tables and teach important principles

2. Turning the tables -- challenging the conscience with our true obligation -- both to the State and to God (:15-17)

a. Exposed their Pretense

b. Examined their Promise

c. Explained the Principle

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