Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
WHAT DO WE OWE CAESAR?
Aug. 19, 1994
WE ARE ON THE EDGE OF ANOTHER GREAT WAR, PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR SONS, DO WE HAVE TO OBEY?
- In ancient day Political enemies joined against Jesus- Trap- Jewish money to Caesar of Rome?
- Seriousness of this trap is not apparent- Death penalty for treason-or kill Him in a riot!
- If Satan could destroy Jesus 3 days short of Calvary- What of our salvation? Jesus was finally killed for Political Reasons- Don't let Satan play politics with your heart! Listen to Jesus!
I. THE POLITICAL TRAP FOR JESUS -Matt 22:14, Mark12:13,Lk 20
Jerusalem was a Captive City, Pilate the Military Commander, Herod a Puppet King- Political Intrigue?
A. THERE WAS A SECRET CONSPIRACY AGAINST JESUS - Lk 20:20 -I DO NOT DOUBT MANY CONSPIRACIES TODAY
- Young Disciples were sent-Matt 22:16a -Old plotters always use youth as cannon fodder -Beware!
- They pretended to be "Just men"-Luke 20:20 -Lying spies sought to snare Jesus with His words!
- Wrong words & Jesus would be delivered to the Governor! Today a word game just as silly-dead!
B. THE IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION -"CEASAR OR NO?" A SIMPLE BUT DEADLY-PROBLEM: WITNESSES READY
- The trap bated with kind words Matt 22:16 but their Truth was a lie to them: - Paid Politics
- Sworn enemies crowded close to snare Him- all Political parties are dangerous- watch them!
- The QUESTION-v.17 "LAWFUL for us-taxes to Caesar"- Zealots theme- "Israel must be free!"
C. JESUS KNEW THEIR WICKEDNESS Matt 22:18 THE SON OF GOD KNOWS HEARTS, AND CAN RENDER JUDGEMENT
- Jesus knew- to say YES would open Him to mockery for denying Israel's God- & Israel's Standing
- To say NO would be treasonous to Rome- turn rebel over to Soldiers - with Riot Troops ready!
- They thought there was no way for Jesus to escape-- His disciples had both Zealots & Publicans wondering.
We are not as smart as Jesus, sometimes miss Holy Spirit's signals, & stumble over hard questions. But we have leaders today in America- Listen to Dr. Dobson, Tim LeHay, Jack Venempe, Skousen, etc.
II. A RELIGIOUS TRAP FOR BUSH!
Let's shift this to modern times- and to our President -Christians blamed-starting Armageddon
A. THE ANCIENT CAESAR OF ROME FOUND IT CONVENIENT TO KEEP FOREIGN WARS GOING - ARE WE THE SAME?
- During peacetime- most ancient Rome had two Presidents-(watch each other)- at war- ONLY ONE!
- Of course this led to a War time - Industrial-Military Complex- to conquer the world- they did
- Modern nations tend to unify their people by War- but it is costly, & with Atomics-dangerous!
B. HOW DID WE GET INTO THIS SITUATION WITH TROOPS$ BEING SENT TO A HOT DESERT-FARTHEST OUT POSSIBLE?
- The Arab world-claiming to be Abraham's other son- wound up in desert,- over lakes of OIL!
- It was our technology that found the oil, & built great facilities- for our great appetite!
- It was European powers that divided up the area after WWI, then in '61 Britain protected Kuwait
C. IRAQ HAS LONG WANTED KUWAIT FOR ITS PORT AND ITS GREAT OIL FIELDS: SO IT SIMPLY INVADED IT!
- After a long drawn out war with Iran, Iraq is broke, poor, land locked, with huge Army!
- The Arabs have always been fighting each other- & all jump on any outsider- esp. Israel!
- We may have our foot in the mud- unless careful-make Arab allies lead- or all turn on us!
Is this a prelude to Armageddon- sure & so has been every other war: Teams lining up- wrong partner, But This is our Country right or wrong- & we will obey its President- even to death in a bad war
III. JESUS' ANSWER WORKS THEN & NOW
Every attack of Satan can be a source of revival- If we but listen to God's voice & obey Him
A. JESUS ASKED FOR A COIN - HIS ANSWER BECAME THE OFFICIAL ANSWER OF THE JEWS LATER ON!
- It is Government that coins money! -Passes laws, has wars,- & other physical things- Ours has!
- When Jesus asked "Whose image & writing"- only one answer- Rome's! Caesar- Rome benefitted
- We need human government- Christians have dual citizenship- & responsible to God for BOTH!
B. "RENDER UNTO CEASAR THE THINGS THAT ARE CEASAR'S" A PLAIN COMMAND FOR ALL AGES - EVEN NOW!
- We are under political responsibility- Pay taxes, fight war,-but in America we CHOOSE leaders!
- We have divine command to be the Salt & Light- to demand justice & righteousness in our land!
- How far can we go?- Don't be a Patsy-Matt 10:34-"Not Peace", so Luke 22:36-"Buy a Sword"
C. JESUS SAID "AND" NOT "OR" -"AND UNTO GOD THE THINGS WHICH BE GOD'S" WE OWE GOD AND CAESAR - SPIRITUAL & POLITICAL!
- Like Neh 4:7 -Work with tool in one hand, weapon in other- Conquer or be destroyed--
- We have lost our vision- We have a world to conquer- If we don't- we will be killed
- How far will you go in this war?- Confess Christ! Baptism! Church Member! Leader! Soulwinner!
Choose your leaders well- Pulpit Committee working!- Election Coming up soon -WORK FOR RIGHT!
Then follow your leaders- faithful as Christians and Citizens- pay taxes, fight wars, Trust God!
YOUR NATION AND YOUR SOUL STAND IN THE BALANCE! NEXT TO SALVATION -SEPT 11th- IMPORTANT DATE! PRAY! BUSH ADDRESSES JOINT SESSION OF CONGRESS!
- Some are still confused what they owe God- God sent His Son to be your Saviour- Accept Him!
- Some still compromise- let worldliness dim their light- cheat on citizenship in both worlds!
- Some are neutralized- not effective as Christian, or Citizen- Takes effort, faithfulness!
If this is the beginning of Armageddon- I want to be ready- BASIC TRAINING INPORTANT- STUDY!