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You see, I automatically go to the: this is wrong choice. Never considering that there is a right way to look at the words, or if there is a right way, then I must point out the wrong way. I wonder why I am like that. But I am. I always do that...pointing out the wrong instead of looking at what could be right about something.

I want to give you these words that I find intriguing. I did not pick up on them until the last couple of months when Jeff mentioned them in a sermon. They have to do with taxes...rendering to Caesar, and they come from the Son of God. I am pointing out the words “Lest we should offend them.”

• Matthew 17:27 KJV
Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Context is interesting:

Matthew 17:24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? 25 He saith , Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? 26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. 27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up ; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take , and give unto them for me and thee.

At the fork in the road where both choices lead to the same choice, perhaps the path of least resistance is better? “Lest we offend them.” I don’t know I am tossing this out there for your thoughts. Also wanting to know, should I go back to the LaRouche post? I seem to have burried it, but will access it because I am thinking you want to have discussion there. You had something in mind that may lead to a 2nd book.

And you did not answer my question about whether I should save Joe quotes that strike me. I should know better than to ask because you usually will not tell me what I should do. So, I am going to save them so they are saved. Not because they need to be used for a book. I think they are significant words and if they are left in verbiage on this forum the will be in the abyss and hard to find if for some reason someone should ever want to look at them again. But I do want you to tell me if you want me to go back to the LaRouche post so I can be ont he same page with ideas you may have.

It has been said by those that think about this kind of thing that perhaps Jesus purchased the nails with that tax money that were used to hand him upon that Roman cross.

Jesus did not die for not paying taxes. Jesus died to reconcile us to God.

• 1 Peter 3:18 KJV
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

2 Corinthians 5:20 KJV
Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.

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