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The other night, during my prayer time, the text was Matthew 17:24-27, a bizarre little “fish story” about Peter going fishing so he and Jesus could pay their tithes.
I am going to throw this one open to the community today. What do you make of this story? What is it all about?
Make sure you read it in context and see if there is anything in the surrounding narratives that might give you clues. You’re welcome to bring in insights from commentaries, lessons, or sermons from which you have gained understanding.
Help me here today.
‘Cause folks, to be frank, I could use a little scratch. Should I break out the ol’ fishin’ pole?
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When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, ‘Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?’ He said, ‘Yes, he does.’ And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, ‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?’ When Peter said, ‘From others’, Jesus said to him, ‘Then the children are free. However, so that we do not give offence to them, go to the lake and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.’
- Matthew 17:24-27 (NRSV)