Jabbok Dawn

Tumbling in the Sand

What are you worth?

The texts for Sunday, October 16, 2011 were: Isaiah 45:1–7; Psalm 96:1–13; 1 Thessalonians 1:1–10; and Matthew 22:15–22

… In our mindset, in the way that we run our world, in our culture, Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and George Soros are worth more than the homeless guy who sleeps underneath the interstate bridge or the immigrant laborer of questionable legal status picking apples in the field down the road.

We have based our worth on money, on what we own. And this is where the Pharisees and Herodians are coming from as they ask their sneaky question.

They aren’t asking about taxes—they are asking about where one should put their worth, where a person should put their value and meaning:  in an occupying, extremely powerful governing authority or in the promises of a free Jewish nation, proclaimed by God.

They figure they have Jesus trapped — because it’s either one or the other — they both demand total allegiance and self-investment, at least if what you own determines who you are.

But Jesus flips the question on its head. Jesus points out that you are not worth what you own, your worth is determined by who owns you …

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