My Favorite One-liner in Scripture


The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it

And they sent to him some of the Pharisees and some of the Herodians, to trap him in his talk. And they came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are true and do not care about anyone’s opinion. For you are not swayed by appearances, but truly teach the way of God. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Should we pay them, or should we not?”  But, knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why put me to the test? Bring me  a denarius and let me look at it.”  And they brought one. And he said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” They said to him, “Caesar’s.”  Jesus 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 ESV)


A Roman denarius

This is one of my favorite one-liners from Jesus in all of Scripture. Makes me want to jump up with a “God is awesome! Take that, you simpletons!” every time I read it, so I thought I’d share it with you…

Jesus, holding a denarius: “Whose likeness and inscription is this?”
Mere men trying to trick Jesus: “Caesar’s”
King of the Universe: “[Then] render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s”

What’s the correct spelling of the word, “booyah!” ?  icon_wink

About Jeff Block

Lover and follower of Jesus, the long awaited King. Husband and father. Writer and seminary student. On a long, difficult, joyful adventure, learning to swim with the current of God's sovereign love and walk with Him in the garden in the cool of the day.
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2 Responses to My Favorite One-liner in Scripture

  1. knenn11 says:

    I can so hear your voice in this post. Nice. 🙂


  2. patchingcracks says:

    Agree wholly. Part of what makes this one liner so amazing is the the same guys who were asking him this wouldn’t allow coins with Caesar’s likeness to be given as offering in the temple… They claimed it was idolatrous. Worshipers were required to purchase temple currency at a high exchange rate. So their hypocrisy is totally thrown in their faces because jesus basically turns their argument around on them.


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