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Faith Filled Friday: The Coin in the Fish’s Mouth

June 25, 2021

by Connie Terpack

Today in my Ladies’ Bible Study class there was a mention about the coin in the fish when they were discussing Jesus’ power over all flesh, that included over the fish of the sea. It has been a long time since I heard about this so I thought it was worth sharing today.

Matthew 17:24-27 is in regard to taxes but Jesus also performs a miracle.

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.”

Jesus anticipated Peter’s confusion and tried to show him that members of the royal family were exempt form the tax. Jesus was like royalty since he was the son of God, and should not be obligated to pay for the support of God’s house because it was his temple (Malachi 3:1). However, to avoid offense, he would pay. He told Peter to catch a fish and look in the mouth of the first one they caught. Not surprisingly, there was a piece of money (a coin?) and it was the exact amount needed to pay the taxes for Jesus and Peter.

This is a nice reminder of God being able to provide for us. I have never been comfortable giving my testimony and there is no reason why. It should be just the opposite – I should be eager to share my story.

When I was a teenager I went with the teen group to do a Sidewalk Service (that is probably not what we called it, but it’s close). We sang a couple familiar hymns before the group leader gave a very short sermon. Then each of us said a few words about what Jesus meant to us. We stood on a small wooden crate to give our testimony. I was last. I started talking and someone talked over me. I stopped and looked down the line. Whoever had been talking stopped also. I had another sentence or two to finish my testimony, and sure enough, the girl started talking again as soon as I said the first word.

I finished and jumped down off the box, annoyed that some had been so rude. I was waiting to talk to our group leader when a woman from the audience approached me. She thanked me for what I said, telling me that it was exactly what she needed to hear. I shook her hand and stammered your welcome or maybe it was I’m glad. I had no idea what that other voice had said, but I trusted God that he put the right words in my mouth for her. It was a very humbling experience and has never happened again, or at least not that the Lord made me aware of.

Trust God to give you what you need when you need it. He will give you the words for your testimony, calmness for your anxiety, strength when you feel weak, and company when you feel lonely. Ask him to forgive your sins and come into your heart. John 3:16; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23.

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