Tax Trap Thwarted (Luke 20:20-26)

Board games have seen a huge resurgence the past few months as tens of millions of people are trapped in their homes across the US with nothing to do. While there are a zillion different types of games to be played, many folks prefer the classics. Some play checkers while others play chess. Perhaps even a few of you are playing multi-dimensional chess like Spock did way back in episode two of the legendary Star Trek series.

Yes, it is not just science fiction, multi-dimensional chess is a real game created by legendary German chess master Lionel Kieseritzky way back in 1851. Kubikschach, as he called it, used a standard 8×8 chessboard featuring 8 different layers. It makes my head hurt even thinking about it and its certainly not something I would consider doing for leisure. Imagine the brainpower required to master such a complex game. No one Mr. Spock loved it.

Well, the truth regarding multi-dimensional chess is quite different that how the history books have recorded it, like so many other things in life. Mr. Kieseritzky may be created with the invention, but he was not the true inventor nor the first master of multi-dimensional mind games. Jesus sets the standard in that regard as we shall see in our study this week.

Once again, the religious leaders try laying a trap for Jesus in Luke 20:20-26. But this time, it is a different kind of trap. It is not the typical superficial trap like the ones they have been laying. This time they take a different approach and try attacking Him from a different plane entirely. But being the ultimate chess master that He is, Jesus thwarts yet another attempt to box Him in. It’s illogical for them to keep trying to best the Master, but still they try. At least for a little while longer.

I hope you can join us for the discussion this week as we continue to explore the events that happened in the temple during passion week. We will look at one more mental jousting event between Jesus and the religious leaders. I think you know who will win but join us anyway to watch the match unfold as we draw ever closer to the fulcrum event that changed history forever.

For those unable to join us in person, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links:  PowerPoint SlidesPDF File. Also, you can download files for previous weekly studies by visiting the following page on my blog: Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.