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In the Book of Numbers, God provides instructions to Moses detailing where each of the tribes of Israel should camp in relation to the Tabernacle. North, south, east and west they are placed with the Tabernacle at the centre. The Levites are entrusted with special roles and responsibilities which include all round protection and service to the Tabernacle.

These instructions clearly place the Lord at the centre of all the activities of the people of Israel.

As Jesus approaches his finals days in Jerusalem, the leaders seek to trap him with a question about the payment of taxes. If he agrees, his followers will disown him and if he disagrees, the inquisitors will hand him over to the occupying powers for inciting treason.

Jesus recognizes the trap and simply asks whose head appears on the coin and advises that what belongs to Caesar should be given back to him.

We live in a world where we have responsibilities: to care for our families, to work, to contribute to society by paying for those services we receive such as health, education and security. But we are also children of God and should put Him at the centre of our lives as He was in the camp of the Israelites.

If we put all our trust and hope in the Lord, He will protect us for He is our lasting foundation; we belong to Him and should be prepared to completely surrender ourselves to Him.

Scripture: Numbers 2:1-3:51; Mark 11:27-12:17; Psalm 47:1-9; Proverbs 10:2-25

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