In John’s gospel Jesus prayed for us to see His glory. Matthew 17 was the chance for three of the disciples to get a preview. Lord, hasten the day that we see our Savior as He really is in glory.
Rabbis were not required to pay the temple tax. Furthermore, since Jesus only answered to God, (the King of Heaven), and not the earthly rulers he felt no obligation to pay the tax. None the less, so he wouldn’t be lumped in with the “tax evaders” who were looked down upon for not sharing, Jesus had Peter pay the tax.
The lesson for us is although our home is in heaven, we are commanded to be good citizens. We should follow reasonable rules, even though we may not agree with them or feel they concern us.
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