2004-05-21 - It Pays to have Jesus as a Friend
Day 3 Cover Story
When times get tough, do you ever think to look for money in a fish's mouth? That's just what happened to Peter, one of Jesus Christ's disciples. To find out more, read below and see Matthew 17:24-27.
Tax collectors in Capernaum asked Peter if Jesus paid the temple tax. Peter answered them with an affirmative yes. The temple tax is required by all men over the age of 20. The money goes toward the upkeep of the temple.
Jesus sent Peter fishing, and told him to look inside the mouth of the first fish he caught, for there would be money inside. Sure enough the fish had a coin in its mouth! The money was given to the two tax collectors for Peter's and Jesus' temple tax.
Matt 17:24-27 And when they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the two-drachma tax came to Peter, and said, "Does your teacher not pay the two-drachma tax?" 25 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 from strangers?" 26 And upon his saying, "From strangers," Jesus said to him, "Consequently the sons are exempt. 27 "But, lest we give them offense, 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 stater. Take that and give it to them for you and Me." (NAS)
God, How awesome that You take care of us. Nothing is too small or big a deal for You! Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.