and to God what is God’s.”
Some people sought to trap Jesus. He knew it from what we learn within the Gospel of Mark. Just look at verses 13 and 15. He knew their hearts, their hypocrisy, and their intentions.
This discourse comes right behind Jesus sharing the parable of the tenants who slayed the master’s son who was innocent. That sent a pretty strong message to those who could discern its underlying meaning. After all, the Lord did say: “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
That spells it out. If taxes and other matters of this world are part of how we are to obey authority, give it to Caesar or the feds, whoever may be in power. Obviously, Jesus was not into that form of insurrection. He said for us to give it to Caesar. Yet, He also shared that we should give God what is His.