One Hundred Times Zero
** It's important to remember that God doesn't counterfeit money.**
Date: 6/2/2019 4:17:48 PM ( 17 mon ) ... viewed 391 times
One Hundred Times Zero
Matthew 17:27 'Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money; that take and give unto them for me and thee.'
MATTHEW 17:24-27 NKJV
Peter and His Master Pay Their Taxes
24 When they had come to [a]Capernaum, those who received the [b]temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?”
25 He said, “Yes.”
And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or strangers?”
26 Peter said to Him, “From strangers.”
Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.
27 Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a [c]piece of money; take that and give it to them for You and Me.”
Matthew 17:24 NU Capharnaum, here and elsewhere
Matthew 17:24 Lit. double drachma
Matthew 17:27 Gr. stater, the exact temple tax for two
This was quite a miracle. Not only was the money supplied for their taxes, but it was the exact amount needed, and it was from the first fish that was caught.
Although this sets the precedent that God can supply our needs in a miraculous way, it's important to remember that God doesn't counterfeit money. He didn't create money in the fish, but rather he had the fish miraculously find and swallow the exact Roman coin that Peter needed. It's a mistake just to pray and then wait on God to rain the money down from heaven.
As Luke 6:38 says, God uses men (and sometimes fish) to give finances to us. He can do it in a very unexpected, supernatural way but it will involve people and existing currency. We need to believe the Lord hears and answers our prayers and then pray for the people He's going to use to deliver the answer. This could be our employer, the person who buys our goods,
or any number of people.
The Lord also blesses what we set our hands to do. When in need, we should seek God's direction for something to set our hands to and then trust Him to bless it and multiply the results of our work. But one hundred times zero is zero (if you do not put out any effort, then you can not expect to see any results!). Many people have missed their miracle because they never took that first step of faith and used what they had. God can give you a creative idea today that will bless you and make you a blessing to others.
Seek, and you will find.
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