Finance: Jesus and Peter’s tax bill/ widow’s mite
Matthew 17:24-27 (NIV)
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.”
Does Jesus care about your temple (council) tax?
How did he know where the coin was?
What can we learn from this story?
1 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. 2 And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.3 And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: 4 for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
What can we infer from the fact that the poor widow cast in all she had?
What was her view of God’s importance?
What do you think Jesus might have done in response?
Would you be willing to part with your last penny for the Lord?
The Lord is willing and able to meet all your financial needs . Amen
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