Annual temple tax for the service of the house of God. Some borrowed to pay taxes. Collectors were told to collect only what was appointed to them. Jehoiakim collected gold and silver in proportion to wealth and gave it to the King. In Capernaum people asked Peter if Jesus paid temple tax. Jesus associated with tax collectors.
Annual temple tax
Nehemiah 10:32 32 Also we made ordinances for ourselves, to exact from ourselves yearly one-third of a shekel for the service of the house of our God:
Borrow to pay taxes
Nehemiah 5:4 4 There were also those who said, “We have borrowed money for the king’s tax on our lands and vineyards.
Collectors, collect only the amount owed
Luke 3:13 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
In proportion to wealth
2 Kings 23:35 35 So Jehoiakim gave the silver and gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give money according to the command of Pharaoh; he exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land, from every one according to his assessment, to give it to Pharaoh Necho.
Jesus and the temple tax
Matthew 17:24 24 When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?”
Jesus associated with the tax collectors
Matthew 11:19 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”
Amos 5:11 11 Therefore, because you tread down the poor
And take grain taxes from him,
Though you have built houses of hewn stone,
Yet you shall not dwell in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards,
But you shall not drink wine from them.
One good thing about truth, the Gospel is God’s Truth, tell it and teach it to others and you will please God and build many rewards in heaven.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for Your grace in sending us Your wisdom about “Tax.” Please bless those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth, love, wisdom and understanding.
May God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights, our safety nets and our inspiration for loving happiness in all of Your kingdom. Father into your hands I commend my spirit. Not my will, but Yours be done. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,