Matthew 17:24-27 – A Fish Story

Matthew 17:24-27
24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?
25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?
26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

-Have you ever taken time to think about the fish in verse 27 when you read this account?  Just think- the Lord gave this fish a very peculiar task:  carrying a piece of money through the sea and delivering it at an appointed time.  The fish may have been confused by why it had something in its mouth that was obviously of no benefit.  The fish may have even been resistant to the idea and thought that it shouldn’t have to carry such a burden.  Nevertheless, the fish did carry the coin and arrived right on time to ensure that it was delivered to the Lord.  Because of that obedience, THE FISH MADE IT IN THE BIBLE!!  Has the Lord asked you to carry something that didn’t seem to have any benefit to you?  Maybe you are resistant to the idea and think that you shouldn’t have to carry such a burden.  Just think about how God might use your life if you simply trust Him and obey.

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