Peter Opens a
Fish's Mouth and Finds a Coin
Bible Lessons from Matthew
we pay taxes?
This is a question asked of
Jesus by Peter in Capernaum.
Every Jewish man was required
to pay a tribute but Christ was a king after all
(kings weren't required to pay tax.).
Find out whether or not
Christians should pay tax in this Bible
study lesson from Matthew.
Matter of Paying Tax
When they came to
Capernaum, those who collected the two-drachma
tax came to Peter and said, Does your
teacher not pay the two-drachma tax?
He *said, Yes.
And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to
him first, saying, What do you think,
Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth
collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or
When Peter said,
From strangers, Jesus said to him,
Then the sons are exempt.
However, so that we do not
offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook,
and take the first fish that comes up; and when
you open its mouth, you will find a shekel.
Take that and give it to
them for you and Me. -
The Story of
Peter, The Coin, and The Fish
The money owed, and spoken of
here, was a temple tax which had to be paid by all
Jewish males of the day.
Since Jesus came as a man, He
too was subject to paying the same tariffs and
Did Christ really owe any
No, but He paid them to
satisfy those who did not understand who He was.
Role in God's Plan
Peter also had to pay tribute
and Jesus supplied the money by performing a really
odd miracle - but Peter did have to participate to
get it by catching the fish.
You see, God freely gives us
salvation through our belief
in Jesus Christ but
He wants us to take an active part in his plan as
I remember an old joke about
faith. It goes something like this ...
A man was caught on
his roof after a heavy rain and following flood.
He was desperate to be saved from slipping off
the roof and drowning.
Along came a rescue boat.
The men in the boat tried to coax the man off
the roof but he said to them; "No, God will save
Later, another boat came
along. "I'll wait. God is going to save
Then, along comes a
helicopter. The loud speaker burst out. "We've
come to rescue you. We'll lower a cable to pull
you up to safety."
"I'm okay." said the man
on the roof. "I'm praying that God will get me
down from here."
The helicopter left and
the man was alone.
After several hours with
the water rising higher and higher, the man
cried out; "God, I've prayed and prayed; Why
haven't you saved me?"
He heard a voice from
heaven say; "I offered .. I sent you two boats
and a helicopter!"
Through Grace - But Expects Us to
Everything we have, or ever
will have, comes to us from God.
But, He wants us to do some
of the work to make things happen. I wonder while
writing this, what have I done for God today? What
have you done?
Christians Pay Tax?
Oh, the tax issue you ask?
Well yes, we have to pay taxes to our government to
take care of expenses because it is the law of the
land - and because of loyalty to our
But our first loyalty should
always be to Christ.
The government can give us
services and keep our country running smoothly, but
Jesus offers us the gift of eternal life.
Love in Christ
If you would like to discover
more about how to receive the love and
life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please
take a moment to go
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