The Honor Of Your Presence

You hypocrites... give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar -- and to God what belongs to God

Matthew 22:18,21
Isaiah 45:1,4-6; Psalm 96:1,3-5,7-10; I Thessalonians 1:1-5; Matthew 22:15-21

In a story called “By Invitation of Jesus,”1 a wealthy and powerful man, living in Washington, D.C., opens his Bible where he stumbles upon the story of Jesus dining at the house of a leading Pharisee. The man is especially intrigued by Jesus’ parting words to His host: “When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not ask your friends, brothers, relations or rich neighbors, for fear they repay your courtesy by inviting you in return. No, when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; that they cannot pay you back means that you are fortunate, because repayment will be made to you when the virtuous rise again” (Lk. 14:12-14).

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