Tip - Don't try to trick or corner God. You'll lose (Mark 12:14)

"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?'" - Mark 12:14

Picture the most clever person you know and then try to imagine catching them making a mistake at something they're particularly good at. I'm thinking of lining up chess pieces before a chess champion and then trying to get him to make a stupid move. Or asking a translator about a tricky phrase hoping he'll mess up.

Now imagine if that clever person is actually God incarnate. And imagine trying to catch Him over something you think is pretty tricky by asking a question you think will trap Him.

I want to stop you before you do this because you're going up against God himself, not a chess champion. And you'd have to be an idiot to do so, or just believe that He's not actually God incarnate....

This is what I like about this passage. I read this knowing who Jesus is and just think these people are morons. But the truth is, they don't believe and they think God Himself will mess up just like anyone else.

I think the fact that Jesus answered correctly in this instance shows how brilliant He was. The fact that Jesus managed to do what was right in EVERY situation is proof of how wise, strong, self-controlled, eternal, and Godly He was.