What do you do when your best troops fail to defeat your opponent in a full frontal assault? Well naturally, you cheat!
At least that’s what the Jewish leaders tried to do.
You’ll recall that they have sent their best and brightest to Jesus in an attempt to turn the people against Him with a direct challenge to His authority to clear the Temple and teach. This really should have worked, for everyone knew who the authorities were in Jewish life, yet Jesus made fools of them in 19 words. Like I said before, if you want to start a war of words, never underestimate your opponent.
The Jewish leadership decided to use spies to trick Jesus.
The spies pretended to be sincere. They positively dripped with sincerity as they asked him the question; naturally it was a trap question, for any answer He gave would ensnare Him…
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