“What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their own sons or from strangers?” Matthew 17:25 NKJV
“Peter said to Him, ‘From strangers.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are free.'” Matthew 17:26 NKJV
“Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened it’s mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.” Matthew 17:27
Kind of mind boggling that Jesus would pay the temple tax.
Thank You, Lord, for covering us in such a way that we may not offend. And here’s a simple poem . . .
Lest we offend them
we will pay the tax
what is it to us
but water off our backs
for we are sons and daughters
of our Heavenly King
and He will make a way for us
to do these earthly things.
God bless you as sons and daughters of the King!