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Peter goes fishing for money

Peter goes fishing to pay his Temple tax money.
Contributed by Lambsongs
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When Jesus and Peter arrived at the town of Capernaum there were men collecting the tax given to the Temple each year. – Slide 1
A tax collector asked Peter if Jesus paid His taxes. Peter said, ‘Yes’. But he knew that neither he, nor Jesus, had any money to pay the man. – Slide 2
Jesus saw that Peter was worried and asked him, ‘In every country who usually pays taxes to the king — his children or his subjects? <br/>Peter answered that it was the King’s subjects who paid. – Slide 3
Jesus replied, ‘Then the King’s children do not pay tax. But we don’t want to upset anyone. The right thing to do is to pay the tax. Row out into the sea. – Slide 4
‘Cast out your fishing line and hook, then pull up the very first fish that you catch. <br/>Open its mouth and you will find a coin. Take it and pay the tax,’ Jesus told Peter. – Slide 5
Peter had been fishing all his life and he had never caught a fish with money in its mouth! But, he did exactly as Jesus had told him and caught a fish straight away! – Slide 6
He prised open the mouth of the very first fish he caught and looked inside. Of all the fish - in all the sea - on the very day he needed the money, what did Peter find? – Slide 7
A coin of the amount needed for the Temple tax was in the mouth of the fish, just as Jesus had said. It was a miracle! <br/>Peter was able to pay the tax man. God provides for us in unexpected ways. – Slide 8
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