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Matthew 22:15-22

Paying Taxes And Serving God

Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said. So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, "Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality. Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?"

But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, "Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin used for the tax." And they brought him a denarius. Then he said to them, "Whose head is this, and whose title?" They answered, "The emperor's."

Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.

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Lectionary for this Month (with cartoon links):

Sunday

Old Testament

New Testatment

Gospel

Sunday 10/1 Exodus 33:12-23 Phil 2:1-13 Matthew 21:23-32 
Sunday 10/8 Numbers 27:12-23 Phil 3:12-21 Matthew 21:33-43 
Sunday 10/15 Deuteronomy 34:1-12 Phil 4:1-9 Matthew 22:1-14 
Sunday 10/22 Ruth 1:1-19a IThess 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22 
Sunday 10/29 Ruth 2:1-13 IThess 2:1-8 Matthew 22:34-46 
Sunday 11/5 Ruth 4:7-17 IThess 2:9-13,17-20 Matthew 23:1-12 

Ruth 1:1-19a

Where Did All the Young Men Go? ... Long Time Passing

In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land, and a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to live in the country of Moab, he and his wife and two sons. 2 The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion; they were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. 3 But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4 These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. When they had lived there about ten years, 5 both Mahlon and Chilion also died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband. 6 Then she started to return with her daughters-in-law from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the LORD had considered his people and given them food. 7 So she set out from the place where she had been living, she and her two daughters-in-law, and they went on their way to go back to the land of Judah. 8 But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, "Go back each of you to your mother's house. May the LORD deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9 The LORD grant that you may find security, each of you in the house of your husband." Then she kissed them, and they wept aloud. 10 They said to her, "No, we will return with you to your people." 11 But Naomi said, "Turn back, my daughters, why will you go with me? Do I still have sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters, go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. Even if I thought there was hope for me, even if I should have a husband tonight and bear sons, 13 would you then wait until they were grown? Would you then refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, it has been far more bitter for me than for you, because the hand of the LORD has turned against me." 14 Then they wept aloud again. Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her. 15 So she said, "See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law." 16 But Ruth said, "Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die, I will die-- there will I be buried. May the LORD do thus and so to me, and more as well, if even death parts me from you!" 18 When Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her. 19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem.

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Musings

In the New Testament there is a parable call the "Prodigal Son" (Luke 15:11-32) which is really about the loving Father. In a similar sense the Book of Ruth is really the story of the redemption of Naomi. It has been suggested that this story also serves as a parable of how Naomi (aka how Israel acts - self-righteous and bitter) is redeemed through Ruth, the outsider (aka how Israel should act - loyal and loving). In this part of the story we see why Naomi is bitter, but Ruth is loyal and unrelenting. They are in this together.

Note: Notice the cartoon marginal character Adam has nothing to add to this story. Eve has exclusive coverage of the events.

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