After all this time you’re finally going to tell me another Bible story with fish in it?
Did I say that word? What does it mean?
It means Praise the Lord?
Well, hallelujah then. You’d think with all those disciples who are fishermen, that every story would have fish in it.
Okay, I’ll listen. I hope there’s a lot of fish in this story. Some for me and enough for me to share too.
Jesus and His disciples went back to Capernaum and the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
Okay, I’m confused. What’s a drachma? Is it some kind of fish?
A coin? Worth about a day’s wages?
What does that have to do with fish?
Could you buy fish with it?
I am listening.
Peter assured the tax collectors that Jesus does pay the tax.
When Peter came into the house Jesus spoke first. He asked Peter if he thought the kings of the earth collected taxes from their own sons, or from others.
If those kings collected taxes from their own sons, would that be like you making me pay taxes to you?
You’d better not do that. I’m not giving up any of my treats.
Peter answered, “From others.”
And Jesus said, “Then the sons are exempt.”
Whew! That means I don’t have to give up my treats.
Wait. That means that Jesus doesn’t have to pay tax either since He’s the Son of God and the temple is God’s house.
So Jesus can just walk away from that tax collector, and Peter with him since he’s in God’s family too.
Jesus said to Peter, “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line.”
Now we’re getting somewhere.
Yes, I’ll listen.
Jesus told Peter to take the first fish he catches and open its mouth. He’ll find a four-drachma coin inside. Jesus said to take that coin and use it to pay both their taxes.
A fish and a coin!
I’m in dog heaven. Fish for dinner and money to buy treats for dessert.