Matthew 22:15-22 (NLT)
15 Then the Pharisees met together to plot how to trap Jesus into saying something for which he could be arrested. 16 They sent some of their disciples, along with the supporters of Herod, to meet with him. “Teacher,” they said, “we know how honest you are. You teach the way of God truthfully. You are impartial and don’t play favorites. 17 Now tell us what you think about this: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 18 But Jesus knew their evil motives. “You hypocrites!” he said. “Why are you trying to trap me? 19 Here, show me the coin used for the tax.” When they handed him a Roman coin, 20 he asked, “Whose picture and title are stamped on it?” 21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.
“Well, then,” he said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” 22 His reply amazed them, and they went away.
In these verses we see how the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day, meet to plot against Christ. After planning they did not go themselves, but instead sent disciples with supporters of the government to question Jesus. The leaders thought it would be easier to trap Jesus if he believed He was talking to those who wanted to learn. These men used flattery to tempt Christ; calling Him honest; saying He teaches truthfully; and He is fair and impartial. Yet these men were being dishonest in their intent; they did not know how to be fair in what they did; nor were they impartial about their judgment. Jesus saw through their dishonesty and replied with an answer that amazed them and left them unable to say anything else.
After paying large fees to a dating service, a woman said she had paid for honesty, but instead got dishonesty. The company told her they performed thorough back ground checks on each potential date. They said they went to great lengths to make sure couples were compatible and each date would meet her expectations. After the first date, this woman found out the man she dated was married. She felt betrayed by the man and also by the dating service. She obtained more details when she called the man’s wife. The wife revealed the husband had a sex addiction and was in treatment for the problem. Later it was revealed this dating service had similar problems throughout their offices across the country. We all want honesty. Sometimes we are even willing to pay for it if we think that is what we will get. But there are those dishonest in their ways and they plot how they can entrap gain from others. Pray God will give you the wisdom to see dishonesty and how to respond in a proper manner. Pray for your own honesty that others may find integrity in you.