Coin Carrying Fish – Miracle of Jesus
Free online resources based on Jesus providing a coin for paying taxes in the mouth of a fish. This story can be found in the Bible in the book of Matthew. See below for links to sermons, stories and entertaining sites for this miracle.
When they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the half shekel [the temple tax] went up to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher pay the half shekel?
He answered, Yes. And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him [about it] first, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly rulers collect duties or tribute–from their own sons or from others not of their own family?
And when Peter said, From other people not of their own family, Jesus said to him, Then the sons are exempt.
However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them to judge unfavorably and unjustly] go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself. — Matthew 17:24-27 <AMP>
Fish With A Coin In Its Mouth – Summary
The Jewish religious leaders were constantly looking for ways to accuse Jesus. They were jealous of his popularity and afraid that they would lose their power and status. They preferred the praise of men over a personal relationship with God. When the officials in Capernaum asked Peter if Jesus paid the Temple tax, Peter immediately said he did.
Jesus confronted Peter with an issue that would define his ministry. If Jesus was the Son of God, he was exempt from taxes. But in order to not offend anyone, he sent Peter on a very strange fishing trip to retrieve the Temple tax for both Jesus and Peter.
When Jesus told Peter what to do and Peter acted on Jesus’ words, their faith activated the spiritual realm. God had to make everything happen just as Jesus had said. Only God could have known where a coin was in the Sea of Galilee that would be the exact amount of tax owed. And only God could have commanded a fish that would be ready to retrieve it and deliver to Peter. God miraculously supplied Peter’s needs and He will supply everything you need as well. All He is waiting on is for you to have the faith to believe He will do what He says He will.
However, we don’t want to offend them, so go down to the lake and throw in a line. Open the mouth of the first fish you catch, and you will find a coin. Take the coin and pay the tax for both of us. — Matthew 17:27 <NLT>
Read the Coin in the Mouth of a Fish story in five popular translations – AMP, KJV, HCSB, NIV, The Message:
Coin Carrying Fish – Matthew 17:24-27
Check out all the wonderful Christian content linked below and learn more about this miracle.
Children’s Bible Stories – Scriptures and Adaptations on the Fish With a Coin In Its Mouth Story
Peter and the Tribute-Money – A very brief easy-to-read version of the miracle story
Children’s Stories – Original Fiction Based on the Miracle Coin From the Fish Story
Children’s Activities, Crafts, Coloring Pages, Music & Poetry for the Coin Carrying Fish Miracle
Gone Fishing Game – Simple game idea for kids
Fish Crafts – Scroll down to the middle of the page.
Coin In A Fish’s Mouth – A short cute song
Children’s Sermons & Lessons on the Fish With a Coin In Its Mouth Miracle
Jesus & the IRS – A children’s lesson from Matthew 17:24-27
Why Did Jesus Pay Taxes With a Coin From the Mouth of a Fish? – A short lesson
Devotions, Discussions & Sermons and Other Resources About Jesus Paying the Temple Tax With a Coin From the Mouth of a Fish
Fishermen to Fishers of Men – Additional resources related to Jesus and fishing
The Coin in the Fish’s Mouth – A nice summary on Peter getting the coin from the fish’s mouth
The Temple Tax – A scripture study based on Matthew 17:22-27
The Coin In the Fish – An interesting and short perspective on the miracle
The Tribute-Money – Commentary from the book by Alfred Edersheim
Was Jesus Christ Tax Exempt? – Focuses on the lessons on paying taxes
The Tribute Money – A secular article on the Fresco painted by Masaccio
Capernaum– An outstanding summary on Capernaum, Peter’s home
Capernaum – Information and pictures on Peter’s hometown
Capernaum– A good summary of Capernaum’s role in Jesus’ ministry
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