“Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5
The miracle of The Tribute Money is unique to Matthew…the “ex” tax gatherer! . Jesus was not liable for the temple tax being the Son of God, even though Peter impetuously answered the officials that Jesus would pay it! The temple tax (Exodus 30:13) amounted to two day’s wages for a common laborer and was required of every adult Israelite male over 20 years of age for maintaining the temple. Jesus was free from obligation to pay this tax…after all, the temple belonged to Him according to Malachi 3:1 “…’Behold, I send My messenger (John the Baptist) And he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, Whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, (Jesus) in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming’, says the LORD of hosts”. Jesus anticipated Peter’s question, and told him to cast a hook into the sea of Galilee and take up the first fish he caught. Can you imagine how this must have humbled Peter who usually fished professionally with nets? Jesus trusted in the miraculous provision of God to pay His taxes…not out of obligation but out of a desire that He not offend…(and I think as a great lesson for us.)
Please visit “kidsbible.wordpress.com” for the free worksheets and instructions to this lesson. I am still traveling and would appreciate your prayers for the LORD’S guidance to a new location which would have to include some kids to teach! (If you are new to the blog…WELCOME… a complete Table of Contents for lessons I have covered from the Old and New Testaments is available if you scroll back past the last post on “food allergies”. (April 2, 2013) For a Mother’s Day project see the blog from May 2, 2012.