COIN IN FISH MOUTH
Oasis Ministry has provided you with this Coin in Fish
Mouth study on the Coin in Fish Mouth story. This
Coin in Fish Mouth study on Coin in Fish Mouth verses asks why was there a Coin in Fish Mouth, who put the Coin in Fish Mouth,
what became of the Coin in Fish Mouth, why is the
Coin in Fish Mouth message
important and how does the Coin in Fish Mouth affect your
Christian walk. Let us seek and find the truth of the Coin in Fish
Mouth story in this Coin in Fish
Mouth Bible story, shall we?
COIN IN FISH MOUTH
saw the title of this story, it probably made you wonder, Why in the world
would there be a coin in the mouth of a fish? Well,
youíre about to find out, but first letís review where we left off.
We have the twelve apostles following Jesus,
ministering, healing in His name, and learning the Gospel. They
realize He's the Messiah, and theyíre expecting that any time now,
He'll rule as King, the Romans will be history, and all will live
happily ever after. There is one puzzling thing though. Jesus has been
telling them lately that His destiny is with death, and then Heíll
rise after three days. Some things are hard to understand, and even
harder to believe, and this
was one of those things.
COIN IN FISH MOUTH STUDY ON COIN IN FISH MOUTH EVENT WITH
COIN IN FISH MOUTH MESSAGE
Okay, now Jesus and the Apostles went to Capernaum from Galilee and
the officials that collected tribute money came to Peter and asked
him, Doesnít your Master pay tribute? What does tribute mean? Letís
look it up, shall we?
something given or contributed voluntarily as due
or deserved: a gift or service showing respect, gratitude, or
a payment by one ruler or nation to another in acknowledgment of
submission to obtain protection or to purchase peace
an excessive tax, rental, or tariff imposed by a government,
sovereign, lord, or landlord
an exorbitant charge levied by a person or group having the power
So, letís get this straight. Israel, who didnít want
to be under Roman rule, had to pay them money to add insult to injury.
All of this kind of makes it understandable why people back in
Biblical times (as well as today) looked at tax collectors with a
lifted eyebrow doesnít it? Maybe itís the words excessive and
exorbitant that sorta makes it all feel unfair too. One thing's for
sure, they didnít like it.
Hereís a funny thing to consider. This
Coin in fish mouth story is only
included in the book of Matthew and Matthew was a tax collector
before He followed Jesus! Youíve got to love the Lord's sense of
At any rate, let's get back to our
coin in fish mouth story. They asked
Peter if Jesus paid tribute. (Think of the audacity of this Ö really.
They were asking Peter if the Son of God paid taxes!) Peter said, Yes.
And when he went into the house, Jesus stopped Peter and said, What do
you think Simon? Who do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute
from? From their own children, or from strangers? Peter answered Him,
From strangers. Then Jesus said, Then the children are free. (More
humble humor here Ö the kings of earth collect taxes from strangers,
yet they are requiring tribute from the King of kings, Honestly.)
COIN IN FISH MOUTH TRUTH OF
COIN IN FISH MOUTH MIRACLE WITH
COIN IN FISH MOUTH BLESSING
Then Jesus said to Peter, Nevertheless, so we donít
offend them, go to the sea, and cast a hook, then take the first fish
that comes up.
When youíve opened his mouth, youíll find a
piece of money. Take it and give it to them for me and you.
Is that just the coolest thing, or what? I don't
know about you, but I'd have a hard time NOT believing in Jesus after
all the things Heíd done. Coincidence is a joke when you consider all
the miracles He did. What are the odds that Peter would go to the sea
of Galilee, which is about 20 miles long and 12 miles wide, and catch
the one fish in the entire sea that had money in it's mouth?
Itís just amazing!
How does this little story apply to our lives today?
Have you ever needed something, and you thought it was just purely
impossible that you would get it? And then by some . . . miracle . . .
it was obtainable?! Peter certainly didnít have any money to pay
tribute with. Heíd been workiní for Jesus for quite some time now and
there was no money involved in that. Yet the Lord did provide.
COIN IN FISH MOUTH BLESSING BRINGING FORTH
COIN IN FISH MOUTH HOPE
God will provide fish mouth blessings to you too.
Pray for them. You wonít need a fishing rod or a tackle box or bait.
Just a sincere prayer asking your Holy Father to provide what you
need. Thatís not to say that it won't take any effort at all on
your part. You may have to work for it. Your fish may come in the form
of overtime that wouldnít normally be available to you. It may come
from winning a prize of some kind. It may come as a promotion. It may
come as a gift. It may come as an unexpected tax refund (ha ha). You
just never know, but thereís some things that you won't want to forget
about fish mouth blessings. Don't forget to thank your Heavenly Father
for them and donít take advantage of them or take them for granted.
Another thing that you may want to consider is . . .
what if youíre the fish! If you give a gift to someone, youíre in for
a blessing yourself, because charity removes a multitude of sins. Is
it coincidence that Peter wrote that in
1 Peter 4:8?
There are things about charity that are important to
know, too. Suppose you give someone a gift, it could be a homeless
person, a needy family, a child, a relative, etc. Remember, not to
give gifts so other people see you. Keep it a secret, donít tell
anyone or the admiration of whoever knows about your gift is all
the reward you get, (Matthew
6:1-2) ... Of course, all gifts arenít given
anonymously, but donít seek continual gratitude from the recipient of
your gift. You may not get the blessing FROM GOD that you would have
gotten, if you seek earthly reward. Be thankful that God worked
through you and allowed you the opportunity to pass on His blessing
and be blessed. It may be YOU that God used as the fish.
Is there someone in your life who voluntarily helps
you out a lot, and you feel like you owe them? Is there someone who
you voluntarily help out a lot? If we all tried to pay one another
back for all of the charity (love) that weíve given and received,
minute for minute and penny for penny, why would God need to bestow
His blessings? We should think more about accepting the blessings that
we receive through other people as His gift to us. Do you think God
wants you to pay Him back for the blessings He gives you? If you give
someone a birthday present, do you expect them to give you a gift in
return, or payment for it? Of course not, you would be insulted. These
are some great things to think about.
To sum it all up, you see, whether you get
a gift, or
whether you give a gift, you are blessed. Whether you pay it
back, or pay it forward, is something to pray to God about and with
His hand, you can keep the gifts coming and going through your whole
life and the lives of others.
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