Yesterday we talked about how the widow woman in the Old Testament went to the man of God to ask what to do about creditors banging on her door threatening to take her kids. Let’s see what Jesus had to say about helping us with our financial needs. Did you know that Jesus had need of money? Jesus was questioned about paying his temple taxes.
24 On their arrival in Capernaum, the collectors of the Temple tax came to Peter and asked him, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the Temple tax?” “Yes, he does,” Peter replied. Then he went into the house. But before he had a chance to speak, Jesus asked him, “What do you think, Peter? Do kings tax their own people or the people they have conquered?” 26 “They tax the people they have conquered,” Peter replied. “Well, then,” Jesus said, “the citizens are free! 27 However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a large silver coin. Take it and pay the tax for both of us.”
Peter was approached by a tax collector about he and Jesus not paying their temple tax. Just like the widow woman in the Old Testament a creditor came knocking. They know what it’s like to have people trying to collect from them too. How did Peter respond? Just like the widow woman he went to the Lord. Jesus gave him the means to get the money. He didn’t tell Peter that it was Gods will for him to not have enough. He didn’t say to ignore the old tax collector. In fact, He told Peter how to get enough money to pay for Both of their taxes. God wants us to be able to pay our bills…even our taxes. Just like the widow woman in the Old Ttestament she was given the solution and more than enough. I think it’s also worth noting that in both of these occasions they were asked to use resources that they had experience with. It wasn’t a new thing that they had to go out and do for them to be able to pay the debt. They weren’t told to work longer or get a 2nd job. The woman was asked what she had in the house and told to use the oil. Peter who was a commercial fisherman before He was called by God was told to go fishing. He knew how to fish but instead of selling his catch and collecting money from his work, Jesus was teaching him how to rely on God has his source…go fishing but get your money out of the fishes mouth.
God is our source. Neither solution that God gave them to pay off the debt was too hard for them to accomplish but it did take faith. The widow woman had to act in faith to go and borrow several jars to put the oil in and she had to believe that the oil would keep producing. Peter had to act in faith that when he opened the mouth of the fish that he would find a coin. In both accounts it shows God’s concern for our financial situation. There was a need and God gave them the solution to have their need met. We can ask God about our financial situation. He is the one with the solution we need.
Father God, I thank you for your Word for it is the truth and the truth sets us free. Father I thank you that you care about the financial situation of everyone that is reading this message today. We turn to you as our Source and we thank you that you have the solution to our money problem. I pray Father God that you would give your people wisdom. That as they come to you for help that you would provide them with a plan of action. I pray Father God that you would give your people a willing heart to be quick and obedient to what you would tell them to do and like Peter and the widow they would have more than enough. I thank you Lord that you are a Good God and you supply all our needs according to your riches in glory and you fill our cup to overflowing. In Jesus Name, Amen!!