This chapter ends with the story of the temple tax collectors who came to Peter, asking if his Master paid tribute.  Peter doubtless thought it would cast a shadow on the character of the Lord for him to say no, and so he answered affirmatively.  For this he received a mild reproof from the Lord, Who informed Him that the King of heaven does not exact tribute from His beloved and only begotten Son.  But still, the Lord was careful not to offend any without cause.  Peter had committed Jesus, and also it appears himself, to a contribution.  Jesus would never have it be said that He was not as good as His word. 

But He also took advantage of this opportunity to give another exhibition of His divine power and wisdom.  The fishes in the sea are all under the divine scrutiny, and Jesus Christ knew that there was one swimming in the nearby lake which had swallowed a piece of money.  His command over the forces of nature was so complete that He could command Peter to cast a hook into the sea, and that the first fish he took up would have that piece of money waiting for him.  Thus the Lord paid the temple tax to which Peter had committed him, and thus He demonstrated for all to see once again that in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

 

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