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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Coin In The Fish's Mouth

The story of the coin in the fish's mouth is one of the most intriguing and miraculous stories in the Bible.  In Matt. 17:24-27 we read that those who gathered the temple tax came to Peter and asked him if his Master paid the temple tax?  The temple tax was an annual tax that everyone paid.  Everyone paid the same amount for the upkeep of the temple.  Vs. 27 says, "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 its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."  I saw three things in this story that we can apply to our lives.  First, Jesus knows where the coin is.  It is so encouraging to know that Jesus knows where the coin is.  When we are in need, and we don't know where the money is going to come from, we need to remember that Jesus knows where the money is.  It moves us to seek God in faith, believing that God will supply every need.  We can have confidence because we know that Jesus knows where the money is.  Secondly, Peter had to do something to get the coin.  Jesus could have given Peter a coin, but the coin was revealed in a way that Peter would never forget.  It took an act of faith and obedience for Peter to find the coin.  We too will need to move in faith and obedience in order to find God's provision for us.  We must ask God, "What do You want me to do"?  And we must be obedient to the things in His Word and what He tells us to do.  Jesus wants to reveal Himself to us through the provision of the coin.  Thirdly, the coin had a purpose.  I'm sure that Peter never thought about going to spend the coin for anything else but to pay the taxes.  The coin had a purpose.  The coin that comes into our hands has a purpose.  We need to find the purpose for the coin.  The coin comes from God, and when we spend it, we should ask if we are spending it for the purpose we received it.  God supplies the coin we need for our taxes, food, clothes, payments, etc. but we need to know we have spent our coin for the right purpose.  Have we honored God with our tithe?  Have we given offerings as we should?  The coin is a gift, not to be squandered but to be used for its intended purpose.  The coin is to serve the purposes of God.  We do not serve the coin, the coin serves us.  The coin is not our master.  God is our master, and we cannot serve two masters.  The battle for our hearts is to keep God first, and to have no other gods before Him.  No, the coin is not our master, it is a blessing from God.  It is our servant to fulfill the purposes of God. 

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