The Miracle of the Tribute Money

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

Miracle of the Tribute Money

Miracle of the Tribute Money

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 “” for the  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

Update: (4/2014) Thanks for the prayers. The Lord has led me to a new area… I am settled and have a new class to teach!! Praise Him!!!

Miracle of the Tribute money - a

Miracle of the Tribute money – a

Water into Wine

water to wine -part 1

Anyone who thinks that Jesus is a “party-pooper”, should check out His first miracle in John 2.  Illustrated by my son, Aaron Ernst; this lesson will inspire the kids into re-telling the story themselves by pulling the tab in the back. After the page is colored and the memory verse is copied, you will have to help insert the “water- to -wine” tabs.  Have these made up ahead of time as well as the slits cut in the 2 jars  in the middle of the page as shown.  The tab is made with wax paper and purple construction paper, the whole length of which is encased in magic-tape for strength  and trimmed.  Gummed reinforcements (4 needed, 2 on each end) keep the tab from slipping out of the 2 slits.  One page of card-stock is recommended for each participant.

water o wine - part2