Now the religious leaders are busy trying to find ways to trap Jesus. They want an excuse, a reason, to have him taken away and even killed. He has done too much damage to their way of doing things, and he has too many followers for them. So they ask him questions, many questions, to try and trip him up. Anything to make it so that they can have him arrested.
Today we get two of those questions with a parable in between. The first one about his authority, the parable about rejecting the son of a landowner, and the last about taxes. In each one, Jesus makes his point in such a way that the leaders look foolish, which does not calm their anger at all.
Have there been times in your life when you have tried to convince God what you were doing was right, even if you knew deep down it wasn't?