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Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?”  But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, “Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.”  (Mk 12:15, emphasis added)

Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.  (Joh 6:15)

But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.  (John 2:24-25)

Commit means to entrust, assign, bind, or pledge.  Jesus didn’t entrust Himself to them (to men).  Why?

Jesus knew the weaknesses of human nature—the inclination to sin, stumble, and to disappoint.  He knew that mankind tends to be selfish.  The reason that Jesus understood humanity so well was because He was born fully human. 

He demonstrates to us that the only Person who can be trusted completely, without disillusionment, is God, the Father.  God’s perfect love for us is undefeatable, irresistible, and unconquerable! 

Then you shall know that I am in the midst of Israel: I am the Lord your God and there is no other. My people shall never be put to shame.  (Joel 2:27)

By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  (1 Joh 3:16)

Jesus taught us the greatest lesson:  It is always safe to trust in our God and in His great love.  Hallelujah!

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