24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple 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 children or from others?” 26 “From others,” Peter answered. “Then the children are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27 “But so that we may not cause offense, 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.”
What an example Jesus gives here of choosing his battles. I read in Jesus’s words a dissatisfaction with paying a temple tax when it is a Jewish temple and he and his fellows are Jews. But rather than cause offence, unnecessary offence, Jesus – rather miraculously – arranges for provision for the tax.
So much to take away. I am called to wisdom – do I take care not to cause unnecessary offence? And do I know what my purpose is – is it to be right, or is it to point people to salvation in Jesus?
I am called to faith – it was nothing for Jesus to arrange, through the mouth of a fish, for the temple taxes required. God’s provision is no issue for the purposes He is bringing about in our world.
Lord, help me to be wise, and in my wise choices, trust you for where there is shortfall. If I wisely align with your good purposes, your provisions will follow!
Written by Ps. Rob Waugh