By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter and said, 'Doth not your master pay tribute?' He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children or of strangers? Peter saith unto Him, Of strangers.
Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened up his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee."
Matthew 17:24-27
Today's Read: Matthw 17; Luke 12
The money being referenced in this passage had nothing to do with the Romans or any sort of civil government taxation. The monies in question were in relation to the temple tax, for the defraying of worship expense, imposed upon every temple attender.
On behalf of Jesus, Peter was asked a curious tax question, by the temple collectors.
On behalf of Jesus, Peter answered the question.
An extremely interesting exchange takes place between Peter and Jesus on the heels of Peter's response to the collectors.
Reflect on it, dear reader and appreciate the depth of mystery within:
1) Shall the Son of God, King of kings, Lord of lords, and host of the heavens pay tribute to a temple made by human hands?
2) Shall the King of glory, Himself, pay temple tax to a temple which will come to nothing at all? A temple decreed for decay, ruin, and complete collapse? (Matthew 13:2; 24:1-51)
3) Shall the immortal God put money into the hands of mortal men and expect anything decent to come?
Hmmm ...
Jesus complies with the obligatory tax, doing it in a way which speaks unforgettably and unmistakably to the seasoned fisherman's mind and to the majesty and glory of God.
He doesn't call for a handout from the money keeper, Judas.
He doesn't pray for a miracle to be suddenly deposited in Peter's hand by His own.
He relies on the vast resources shared with Him by the Father and relieves Himself through a fish.
He sends the seasoned fisherman out with a pole and he tells him to cast out the line.
The fish will come ... and the money will too.
Maybe it was a blue-gill.
Maybe it was a walleye.
Maybe it was a perch.
Maybe it was a northern.
Maybe it was none of the above.
Jesus told Peter to go fishing and Jesus told Peter where to find the money.
And "this" Jesus is powerfully, forcibly, unquestionably the Lord of the temple above not made by human hands.
Can we not love Him,
Praise Him,
Adore Him,
For the simple acts of mercy He affords us in so personal a way?
Can we not see, think, and feel with our stupified Peter, the endless resources of God which supply us with all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1), and be amazed?
There is no limit, dear reader, to the fish in the sea or the "money" prepared in advance for us to perform the Father's will.
We must cast out the line where He shows,
And open the mouth on what He declares.
We must look to Christ to fulfill our needs and fill our souls.
And He shall provide.
Three Study Considerations:
1) What's your biggest need?
Bring it to Jesus.
2) What does God promise to supply you with?
Find the promise in His word, date it, and declare His provision.
3) Stake your life on the goodness and kindness of God, put your line in the water, and the fish will come.
He'll show you the "money" in His time.