What is this strange thing? The numeric value that is given to the paper, for which man makes and dresses with color, that cometh from the created tree.
What has corrupted the conscience of man that he has valued himself, others, and life according to this painting? For who was the first to find and consider this artistic talent, and what was in his heart that he would consider himself superior and prosperous over others because of this gift of art?
He made images out of this wood taken from the tree, which he was told not to do by his Creator, and began to worship its beauty and value. He said in his heart “look at what my hands have made”, and was found to be proud of his work. He saw how everyone valued his art and how they wanted one just like it for themselves. So, he decided to devise a way to profit from their vanities and began to carve images of animals and men on this piece of wood taken from the tree.
He found beauty in all the works of his hands, and became enamored at the image of “self” and decided to find the strongest, mightiest, and most handsome of those among his tribe, that he would honor men with a signet seal of a king.
For now, he said, “We must distinguish ourselves because of our talent, and divide ourselves from amongst our kinsmen so we may have an advantage on them and establish dominion over them”. For now on, a new time has come, where men should be awed at our victories, images, and structures and should measure themselves according to our standards and art form. So the man was given a number and value by others as property to be controlled and sold in the gallery of nations, and the eternal value of a man was minimized to an image on a paper, which is now easier to carve from this piece of wood found from the created tree.
For his ability to build, to draw and design has become exalted in his own eyes, and his artwork and gift was given the power of a creator as though a god.
13Later they sent some of the Pharisees and Herodians to Jesus to catch him in his words. 14They came to him and said, “Teacher, we know that you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right to pay the imperial tax b to Caesar or not? 15Should we pay or shouldn’t we?”
But Jesus knew their hypocrisy. “Why are you trying to trap me?” he asked. “Bring me a denarius and let me look at it.” 16They brought the coin, and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?” “Caesar’s,” they replied. 17Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him.