If you’re not finding humor in Scripture you need to read more carefully. All day I’ve been checking in to see what was posted. I had thought about the mote and beam, gnat and camel, also Richard’s post on Job with wisdom dying with his so-called friends. Baalam’s donkey, Achish, and even Elijah poking fun at the pagan priests’ gods had slipped my mind but made for lots of enjoyable reading.
The Bible is filled with humorous sayings and situations. Sometimes we’re just too serious to catch the humor that’s obviously there.
How about the fish and coin? Surely, there would have been a simpler way to pay the Temple tax like, “Hey Judas, stop pilfering the money from that bag and go pay the tax for us.” Or simply cause the money to appear out of thin air, but no. He chooses this amazing yet hilarious way of getting the money.
The Temple Tax
Matthew 17:24 After they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax came to Peter and said, “Your teacher pays the double drachma tax, doesn’t he?” 17:25 He said, “Yes.” When Peter came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, “What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly kings collect tolls or taxes – from their sons or from foreigners?” 17:26 After he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free. 17:27 But so that we don’t offend them, go to the lake and throw out a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a four drachma coin. Take that and give it to them for me and you.” (NetBible)
Peter must have had quite a smile on his face as he turned that coin over to the collectors!