3/23 – Jesus Pays Tax

Today’s reading: Matthew 17:24-27

In today’s reading Jesus is scrutinized regarding another responsibility of the Jews:   does he pay the taxes that every Jewish head of household was to pay to support the temple.  Instead of speaking to Jesus they approach Peter and and ask him and Peter says “yes” (He pays).

Later Peter and Jesus discuss the question and Jesus makes the point that the sons of Kings are not usually required to pay. Some see Him here claiming to be exempt – the temple was, after all, His father’s house!

Jesus argues that He is free from the tax, but pays anyway lest they offend.

Now to the most curious part of the story: He tells Peter to catch a fish and find a coin in the fishes mouth and use that to pay the tax! What possible reason might there be for the method Jesus used?


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3 Responses to 3/23 – Jesus Pays Tax

  1. Mary K

    I have no idea why Jesus used the coin in the fish mouth method. I am interested to read what others think.

  2. Jimmy

    If we can get past the unusual details (I mean its a rather bizarre miracle!) and just consider what happened it is a great demonstration of Jesus power. To know that a coin was in the fishes mouth, or to have arranged for it to have been there, then to arrange it so that Peter would catch that particular fish. All of these details illustrate the supernatural power and knowledge of Jesus.

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