TWO SIDES OF THE COIN TELL THE STORY OF OUR FAITH
“The Jewish people had an uneasy relationship with the Romans but, as an established religion were allowed to continue their religious practices. In trapping Jesus, they also had to distance Him from themselves - they had to be seen as accepting the rule of Rome or risk losing the religious freedom they had. By ‘discovering’ His revolutionary tendencies and handing Him over to the Romans, they would be shown to be loyal subjects and their religious rights would continue to be protected.
“This may seem wrong in relation to Jesus - but still happens in countries where churches collude with governments to maintain religious ‘freedom’
“Jesus is unruffled. He sees the hypocrisy of the questions and, as the Pharisees and Herodians themselves had recognised, being an honest man, unafraid of anyone regardless of rank, tells them so. Then, He picks up the coins and points out that this belongs to the Roman rulers. They have become part of the Roman economy and so can reasonably be expected to contribute to it through taxation. This is not a Godly matter at all.
“Living in society places obligations on people - but they must not confuse those obligations with their obligations to God.”