Saturday, July 22, 2017

Catching the Fish with a Coin in its Mouth

The tax collectors came to Capernaum and asked Peter if he and Jesus were going to pay the temple tax (Ex. 30:13). When Peter went into the house to inform Him, Jesus spoke about the tax before Peter could say anything. He told Peter to throw a hook into the Sea of Galilee and the first fish he caught would have a coin in its mouth, which was the amount to pay the temple tax (Matt. 17:24-27).

If you’re single and wonder how you’ll find the right person to marry, or if you’re unemployed and need a job, Matthew 17 shows how God can make a divine appointment to meet your need. If God can lead a fish to a man, He can lead a woman to a man, or a man to a woman.

1. Jesus knew about the need before Peter told Him. Matthew 17:25 says Jesus spoke to Him first about the tax. Even though Jesus wasn't outside to hear the conversation, He wanted Peter to know He supernaturally knew of the need before he asked. He also knows about your need and how to answer your prayer (Matt. 6:8).

2. Jesus told him to throw out a hook, not a net. Jesus didn’t tell him to throw out a net and sort through all the fish one by one. He told Peter to throw out a line to catch only one. Many times when God wants to provide He asks us to throw out a line. He may ask you to fill out a job application, make a phone call, or move to a new location.

3. Peter’s responsibility was to obey Jesus and trust God to make it happen. Peter had no control over which fish would bite on his hook. All he could do was throw out a line and hold the fishing pole. After you obey what God says, you may need to patiently wait for Him to make the divine connection. “Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Ps. 37:7)

4. God made sure the right fish would bite on his hook. Out of the thousands of fish in the sea, only one had a coin in its mouth. Peter threw his line and after a few seconds, his cork began to bob and disappeared under water. He pulled back on his pole, lifting the fish out of the sea. When he opened its mouth he found a stater inside, the exact amount to pay the tax for Jesus and Peter. 

The only way it could have been more miraculous was if he had taken the coin out of the fish's mouth, and the fish had said, "TA-DA!" The right fish was at the right place at the right time with the right amount. God 's divine appointments never disappoint.
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