Vs. 2, “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” The Jewish leaders were trying to do whatever they could to trap Jesus and have him arrested. Unfortunately, Judas Iscariot would help them later solve that problem. The parable of the Tenants is actually based on Isaiah 5:1-7 and Psalm 80, and the leaders would full well know what Jesus was talking about. We see God’s patience and multiple chances to repent through the Living Word and those who came to preach the coming Messiah. Then they thought they would trap (Remember Satan’s traps) Jesus again with their supposedly clever challenge about paying taxes to Caesar. The marriage issue originated from the Sadducees who did not believe in resurrection or the spiritual realm.
Regarding application…Financial Issues. Vs. 25, “…He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” We live in a time of finanical struggles…Home values have plummted and we and we are still in a recession….people lost, stock markets down, prices of goods up, etc. Two thngs to be mindful of…#1: don’t give up your tithing & offerings to the Lord. Now more than ever, the church needs your support to continue being a light to the world. #2: pay your taxes without complaint. While most of you don’t yet pay taxes…it is and always will be an issue. On average…you pay 30-35 cents on the dollar to the Federal & state Government. We give to Caesar what is Ceasar’s. I made the folly early on in my early twenties of not tithing and offering because I justified it by saying I was too poor…when in reality…I was too selfish. Whether we give to God or Government…we must give with obedience and joy.