Saturday, May 19, 2012

spend your life

The Word for today:
Mark 12:1-27

Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch him in his words. When they had come, they said to him, "Teacher, we know that you are true, and care about no one; for you do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?" But he, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do you test me? Bring me a denarius that I may see it." So they brought it. And he said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" They said to him, "Caesar's." And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." And they marveled at him.
(Mark 12:13-17)

Stand in the Rain will be very brief today, because we want to leave you with time to think. So let’s put on our thinking caps and fill in some blanks…

“Whose image is upon this coin?”


"Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's.”


We’ve all heard that part, but Jesus purposefully leaves a more important question hanging in mid-air, with its answer unspoken. He expects that we will fill in the blanks that he left us. So let’s do it:

“Whose image is upon you?”


“Then render unto (___) the things that are (___’s).”


Just as Jesus did, we’ve left the blanks for you to fill in. If you are stumped, bring this riddle to the attention of an experienced Bible student.

After you fill in the blanks and grasp Jesus’ unspoken message, then your assignment is to spend your life.



  1. This is amazing! I just posted this scripture on my Facebook this morning :) I happ'd upon your site by googling for images of oil running down Aaron's beard! :) God bless you!

  2. So glad to meet you, Mic. God bless your efforts to get out the Word!