Being the image of God and learning to sit
Jesus had upset the Pharisees by implying in the Parable of the Tenants and the Parable of the Wedding Banquet that the kingdom of God would be taken away from them. They were asking a trick question in order to get Jesus into trouble with either the Jews or the Herodians.
What does Jesus mean in verse 21? Does God have a coin with His image on it for us to give back to Him? What has God’s image on it that we should give back to Him?
Comparisons between the coin and us:
- Substance – The coin was made of silver – only silver was acceptable as tribute to Caesar. We contain the Spirit of God (John 4:23; John 3:3; Romans 8:9)
- Image – The coin had an image of Caesar on it – a representation of who he was. We were created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). When we are born again that image is restored in us (2 Corinthians 3:16). The image of God in us is not just external, it is His character living in us (Colossians 3:8-10). The world is crying out for the genuine image of God to be seen. By our fruits they will know Him.
- Title – The coin declared Caesar to be a son of a god – a claim of divinity. We are accepted as sons and daughters of God (2 Corinthians 6:18).
We need to sit and think:
- What substance should we be?
- What image are we displaying?
- What title is over us?