Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple (two-drachma) tax?… …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 17:24-27, NIV
Here is brief lifting of the veil to reveal the Lordship of Christ and the faithfulness of His provision for His children. The provision is so precise – the need was for 4 drachmas, and the fish had precisely that amount in its mouth! The combination of the provision with incredible Lordship is both arresting and comforting. How many steps were involved in getting that coin into that fish’s mouth, and then directing that fish to that hook? A fisherman loses a coin from his pocket, a fish swallows it and then is caught with the coin still in its mouth. These things show us that we are not to depend on natural means for our support, nor can we ever work out how the provision will come. God is Lord of the details of our lives, and the weave of circumstances that surround us is woven by the Lord Himself. Your needs, physical and spiritual, will be met, and met perfectly. Notice that the provision was only for what was needed. Jesus has everything at His beck and call. There is no reason to give you more than you need, since His supply is based on His ability to draw from an inexhaustible store. Elijah was fed by ravens in the midst of a famine. Two million Israelites were fed with water, manna and fresh meat for 40 years. Five thousand were fed in the desert. What do these things teach us? He will never leave us or forsake us, and His provision is as sure as His Lordship.
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