Sermon for November 24th, 2019

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Matthew 17:24-27 (NT p.19)

24 When they reached Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the temple tax?” 25 He said, “Yes, he does.” And when he came home, Jesus spoke of it first, asking, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their children or from others?” 26 When Peter said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the children are free. 27 However, so that we do not give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook; take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a coin; take that and give it to them for you and me.”

Coins: Fishy Money

  • collectors of the temple tax
  • Peter
  • Jesus
  • Kings of the earth
  • Children of the king
  • fish
  • very dense passage. four verses, two parables, one miracle, one confrontation
  • σκανδαλίσωμεν - offense or scandalize?
  • hook = anchor, cross, nails. Fish (ancient symbol for Jesus) is "first" "raised up" treasure inside. GIVE IT TO THEM!! (great commission)