Bring Me A Penny That I May See It . Render To Caesar The Things That Are Caesar’s And To God The Things That Are God’s.

The Withered Fig Tree
(Matthew 21:18-22; Mark 11:12-14)

20As they were walking back in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from its roots. 21Peter remembered it and said, “Look, Rabbi! The fig tree You cursed has withered.”

22“Have faith in God,” Jesus said to them. 23“Truly I tell you that if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and has no doubt in his heart but believes that it will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

25And when you stand to pray, if you hold anything against another, forgive it, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your trespasses as well.”f

Jesus’ Authority Challenged
(Matthew 21:23-27; Luke 20:1-8)

27After their return to Jerusalem, Jesus was walking in the temple courts, and the chief priests, scribes, and elders came up to Him. 28“By what authority are You doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave You the authority to do them?”

29“I will ask you one question,” Jesus replied, “and if you answer Me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 30The baptism of John, was it from heaven or from men? Answer Me!”

31They deliberated among themselves what they should answer: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will ask, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 32But if we say, ‘From men’…” they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John truly was a prophet. 33So they answered Him, “We do not know.”

And Jesus replied, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”