Show Me the Coin

[Jesus said,] “Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?” They answered, “The emperor’s.” (Matthew 22:19-20)

A little visual material for the bulletin insert or video screen in support of Sunday’s sermon on Matthew 22:15-22: Render unto Caesar. This is the obverse and reverse of the denarius of Tiberius Caesar, on which you can see his head and title.

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TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS
Ti(berius) Caesar Divi Aug(usti) F(ilius) Augustus
Tiberias Caesar, Son of the Divine Augustus, Augustus

PONTIF MAXIM
Pontif(ex) Maxim(us)
High Priest

And some other relevant scripture passages:

Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor. (1 Peter 2:17)

For the same reason you also pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, busy with this very thing. Pay to all what is due them–taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due. (Romans 13:6-7)

And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; and on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads were blasphemous names.  (Revelation 13:1)

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