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The Temple Tax

Jesus has a unique way to pay the Temple tax.
Contributed by LUMO project
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Jesus and His disciples arrived back in Capernaum. Now each year, Jewish officials requested that each Jewish adult male pay the annual Temple contribution of a half shekel (or double drachma) at the beginning of the Hebrew month of Adar, preceding Passover. Shekels and half-shekels minted in Tyre were the only coins accepted as payment of this annual tribute to the Jerusalem Temple. – Slide 1
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The collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and asked, ‘Your teacher pays the half shekel Temple tax, doesn’t He?’ <br/>Peter replied, ‘Yes.’ – Slide 2
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When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, ‘What do you think? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes—from their sons, or from foreigners?’ – Slide 3
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Peter replied, ‘From foreigners.’ <br/>Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are free. – Slide 4
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‘But so that we don’t offend them, go to the lake and fish. – Slide 5
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‘Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth … – Slide 6
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‘… you will find a silver shekel (a four drachma) coin. – Slide 7
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‘Take that and give it to them for your Temple tax and mine.’ – Slide 8
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