Key Verse: Matthew 17:25b-26 When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. ‘What do you think, Simon?’ he asked. ‘From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes – from their own children or from others?’ ‘From others,’ Peter answered. ‘Then the children are exempt,’ Jesus said to him.
The previous events of, Christ’s transfiguration and the healing of the demoniac, in this chapter are also recorded also in the other gospels, but this event is unquie to Matthew, perhaps since Matthew had been a taxman. Impetuous Peter replies that of cause Jesus would pay the temple tax, after all all good religious Jews paid the tax. But he had not thought it through what the implications of Jesus being the Son of God were – in this cause, since he was the Son of God he was exempt from God’s taxes.
1: Jesus reveals himself as the Son of The King – Son of God
2: Temple was His Father’s house
3: Jesus fulfilled the purposes of the temple
4: Jesus was sinless there was no need for Him to pay a ransom, but he would pay our ransom.
Preacher: Rev Iain MacAskill
Preached: Noon Service, 31 August 2014
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