Mar 20, 2016
Jesus and His disciples were in Jerusalem to celebrate Passover 33A.D. (11:1-11). In fulfilment of His prediction, the chief priests, elders and scribes went on the attack to find cause to accuse and execute Jesus (8:31). They attacked Jesus directly after the cleansing of the Temple (11:27-33). Having failed themselves, the chief priests, scribes and elders sent others to trap Jesus on this issue of paying the poll tax. It was a "trap" in the sense that it seemed impossible for Jesus to answer without alienating one side or the other. If He said they should pay the poll tax He would alienate devout and patriotic Jews who would see it as a pro-Roman answer. If He said they should not pay the poll tax it would give His enemies opportunity to denounce Him to the Roman authorities as a rebel (cf. Luke 20:20).
How did Jesus handle this trap?