April 9 - Luke 20.1-26
The Question about Jesus' Authority
3Jesus answered them, "Now let me ask you a question. Tell me, 4did John's right to baptize come from God or from human beings?"
5They started to argue among themselves, "What shall we say? If we say, 'From God,' he will say, 'Why, then, did you not believe John?' 6But if we say, 'From human beings,' this whole crowd here will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet." 7So they answered, "We don't know where it came from."
8And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you, then, by what right I do these things."
The Parable of the Tenants in the Vineyard
"What, then, will the owner of the vineyard do to the tenants?" Jesus asked. 16"He will come and kill those men, and turn the vineyard over to other tenants."
When the people heard this, they said, "Surely not!"
17Jesus looked at them and asked, "What, then, does this scripture mean?
'The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
turned out to be the most important of all.'
18Everyone who falls on that stone will be cut to pieces; and if that stone falls on someone, that person will be crushed to dust."
The Question about Paying Taxes
23But Jesus saw through their trick and said to them, 24"Show me a silver coin. Whose face and name are these on it?"
"The Emperor's," they answered.
25So Jesus said, "Well, then, pay to the Emperor what belongs to the Emperor, and pay to God what belongs to God."
26There before the people they could not catch him in a thing, so they kept quiet, amazed at his answer.
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Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American
Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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