No King But Caesar – May 30, 2019

2 Samuel 15.23-16.23; John 18.25-19.22; Psalm 119.113-128; Proverbs 16.10-11

It is interesting to me that in the midst of a hurried trial to try Jesus for failure to follow the Jewish law, that the leaders of the Temple would suddenly exclaim: “We have no king but Caesar.” Let me get this straight: You want to kill someone for claiming to be the king instead of God, who is the only king, but you are willing to deny God as the only king and advocate Caesar as king … when it best suits your interests? What are other ways people “adjust” their allegiance to God when it benefits them?

Questions:

What do you think you would have been anticipating to happen in the future as you watched David your king leave Jerusalem because of the threats made by Absalom?

If Pilate knew Jesus was innocent–which it appears he did–why do you think he allowed him to be treated so brutally?

What does it mean to fear the Lord? Why is trembling in fear before him a good thing?

How does the Lord’s demand for “accurate scales and balances” impact how you do your job?

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