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Matthew 22:15-22

Limited Human Obligation

This (denarius) had on it the head of the emperor, and therefore, though the Jews used it in ordinary commercial transactions, it could not be admitted into the temple. Such use of local custom was natural, and does not in the least qualify the universal relevance of the lesson Jesus wishes to teach—of limited obligation to the human authority, and unlimited obligation to the divine.

Stephen Neill, The Supremacy of Jesus, p. 43

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