Here we are taking a Story from Matthew 17 verses 24 to 27; “The Temple Tax’
It wasn’t just a lesson in paying taxes. Jesus could have simply handed Peter the coin, and Peter would have known that God wants us to honor government by paying taxes. But Jesus had more to show his friend.
Verse 27: “But so that we not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the fish you catch; open it’s mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. take it and give it to them for my tax and yours”.
At Jesus’ instruction, Peter went down to the lake. Perhaps he shook his head at Jesus’ ridiculous assignment, but he obeyed. He pushed out his fishing boat, cast out his net. Peter must have laughed in astonishment as the first fish he pulled from his catch had a coin in it’s mouth.
What a strange and wonderful way for Jesus to teach Peter, that he is a fishes boss and a coin creator. Peter surely never forgot that adventure. And it is certainly one of the most interesting fishing tales ever told.
The Bible is our instruction book, and can become alive to us, as we learn to trust Our Lord and Our Friend more and more. Perhaps He is tell us something we think is ridiculous, will we just follow His instruction, to find His provision for us.