When YAHSHUA 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, YAHSHUA spoke to
him 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 Peter said, From other people not of their own family. YAHSHUA said
to him, Then the sons are exempt. However, in order not to give offense and
cause them to stumble, 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 to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.
The Jewish Passover was approaching when a crowd of people seeing what YAHSHUA had done in reference to miracles, followed Him. Testing Philip, one of His disciples, YAHSHUA, aware of the people’s need, asked him a question: “Where are we to buy bread, so that all these people may eat?” There was a reason why YAHSHUA directed the question to Philip. He singled him out for a divine appointment. There is a significant meaning in every singularity of events YAHSHUA presented. Here YAHSHUA was perhaps telling Philip wherever he goes to share His broken body, his needs will be provided supernaturally, or perhaps He was asking Philip how he was going to share the Gospel (His broken body –the Living Bread) to the famished world.
the midst of chaos, YAHSHUA performed yet great miracles as He was letting go
of His life to prove men that He was Whom He said He was. Embed by pains from
His head to His toes, from His inner soul to His spirit, He, even though God,
suffered as man in every sense of the word, for He was condemned as man by His Father,
when He took upon Himself the sins of the world. However, He never stopped
being God. Nature knew and reacted in the form of trembling. It was as if it
could understand and perceive what was happening to the One Who had created it.
The miracles that surrounded the atmosphere were vividly proclaiming to men that
that Man was not an ordinary man, He was God! Nature could not be quiet about