Something Fishy

30 04 2006

Something Fishy

Matthew 17:24-27 (NIV)  24After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax[b]?”
 25″Yes, he does,” he replied.       When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own sons or from others?”
 26″From others,” Peter answered.
   “Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27″But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Peter, outspoken man that he is, spoke without thinking.  This was an abstract concept that is not easily grasped by people who not used to thinking in this way.  If the temple is God’s house, and Jesus is the Son of God, then it makes sense that He wouldn’t be required to pay the temple tax.  

But Peter had not thought this through.  This is why it is important to think first, then speak.

But Jesus bailed him out – it is a simple miracle, but amazing still.  First, Jesus predicted that Peter would catch a fish and that there’d be a coin in it’s mouth – then, it happened!  How often do you find coins in the mouths of fish?

Something that just occurred to me though, wasn’t Jesus afraid of setting a precedence?  Wouldn’t they now expect him to always pay the temple tax – as well as the disciples from then forward?  Apparently not, because it is a trivial matter to Jesus.  “Oh, you need some cash, go catch a fish.”

We get wrapped up in the little things and Jesus takes it in stride.

The resources are in the harvest – this has been one of my favorite clichés in the last couple of years.  But what makes it a cliché is that it is truth.  

Whether it is people, money, facilities, health, fellowship, a worship leader, or whatever – God will provide when the time is right.  I have no need to stress!

Father God, I feel as if I’m girding up for war this morning.  Please walk with me, limit my mouth to say only what needs to be said.  Fill my heart with your presence.

I love you too!





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