Questions Jesus Asked #29

Matthew 17:24-25 – After 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?”

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?” NIV

This is a strange question. Each Jewish male was supposed to pay the Temple Tax. Even though Jesus had few earthly possessions, He was supposed to pay it as were His followers. Peter told the collectors that Jesus paid the tax and then went to talk with Jesus about the situation.  Perhaps Peter’s first question to Jesus would be: “Where are we going to get the money to pay the tax?”

Before Peter could open his mouth, Jesus asked him the above question.  Peter responded, “From others.”

Jesus then told him:  “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.”  (Matthew 17:27 – NIV)

So what’s the point of Jesus’ question? Initially, I think that Jesus wanted Peter to know and He wants us to know that God knows about our needs before we can even vocalize them.  In fact, He may know what we need before we realize that we even need something.  However, He wants to assure us that as we come to Him in faith, He will take care of us.  As Christ-followers, we are a part of His family and that has benefits.  I believe that we see more and more benefits as we try to faithfully follow Him. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have to make choices and exercise discernment to steward what he provides for us; but He knows our need.

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