Week 49 The Lord's Humility
September 16, 2013
The Lord's Humility
“But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line.
Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin.
Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
- Matthew 17: 27
There came a time when Jesus was in the land commonly known as Capernaum and It was a place in Galilee one that is located near the shores. The sea provided a source of living for its inhabitants being fishermen as they were. As a small fishing village, the supply of fish would apparently not come much as something to be troubled upon.
It was those days when even before they came to the place, the Lord had already predicted his death. He have already foresaw what tomorrow will be as it was the purpose of his walk here on Earth. He have made it known to his disciples what awaits him in the future and made ways to encourage them. To put their hopes in the Lord and to strengthen their faith was the commands he kept instructing them. His teachings was something they hold unto and they were witnesses to his great works while he was still on Earth.
When they arrived in the place, there were collectors that approached one of Jesus’ disciples. They had a duty and one that holds great significance in the society. They are given the task of collecting taxes from the people. The citizens of the land were to set upon a certain amount that was to be handed to them and it was the value of four-drachma tax. The collection of money would be used as one would know for the betterment of the society. As the collectors approach Peter, they asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”
“Yes, He does,” He replied
Then 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 sons or from others?”
“From others.” Peter answered
“Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. “But so that we may not offend them go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”
From what it can be seen, it is transparent from Jesus’ words how he take it upon himself the value of humility. It is upon his state of being humble that he came here to wash away the sins of the world and die in the cross. He came that we may have life and have it more abundantly. He is the Lord of prosperity and not of scarcity. His love desires abundance and not shortage for his people. He was not only thinking of himself as to not offend the tax collectors though at the time, he was truly well known but also of Peter. When he instructed Peter to go and do the things as he have said, the money was to pay the tax of two people and it was Peter included in the four-drachma coin given by the fish.
When so many years ago he came, he was thinking of you. That you may have eternal life; a life of abundance and not in lack of the needs there are being able to appreciate his goodness into your daily walk is what he died in the cross for. His humility displayed was also a reflection of how he values the world with all sincerity.
When Peter went to the Lord about the tax, it was one of those things that set the greatness of the Lord. Peter was about to ask about it, but the Lord was the first to speak. Even before Peter could tell him, the Lord have already taken it to account. He already knew what Peter was about to ask him. Peter gently answered and obeyed.