Jesus Sends Peter To Fish For Money

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Jesus sends Peter to fish for money

sends Peter to fish for money bible story

In today’s Bible story, sends Peter to fish for money. This story took place in Capernaum, where lived.

Capernaum means “village of comfort,” and had moved here from Galilee, where He grew up.

Capernaum was a well-off city in Galilee. It was situated on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee. The western shore of the Sea of Galilee was called the Lake of Gennesaret (Strongs in Blueletterbible.org, 2022).

The people made a living by fishing and agriculture.

Map of Capernaum in Bible times (Bible Atlas, 2022)

Why did send Peter to fish for money?

Jesus sent Peter to fish for money because tax collectors asked Him to pay tribute. Since one of the Greek words for the tribute or tax is silver, we know that Jesus was required to pay a silver coin.

In Jesus’ day, the silver coin was equal to two drachma coins. The silver coin was equal to about thirty three cents in today’s value.

A Drachma (Wikipedia, 2022)

Nations use tax money for different purposes

In all countries around the world, people who work for money are required to pay taxes to their governments. This is called income tax.

  • fixing roads.
  • feed children in schools.
  • provide assistance with housing those in need.
  • provide stamps and vouchers to needy citizens.
  • purchase medications for health centers and hospitals. (Investopedia, 2021).

In Jesus’ day, the Roman Government collected income tax from all of the people living in the Roman Empire. The Roman Government did not care if they were rich or poor (Early Church History, 2022)

Everyone had to pay taxes. The Roman Government hired tax collectors to collect the taxes. The tax collectors were called Publicans.

Some of them like Zacchaeus, overcharged the people and took the extra money for themselves. One of Jesus’ disciples used to be a tax collector.

Romain Coin

Jesus did not initially intend to pay the tax

Now let’s return to the story. Two tax collectors went to Peter and asked him whether or not Jesus intended to pay His taxes/

Why did they go to Peter and not to Jesus? Maybe they were afraid to ask the Lord about His taxes!

When they got into the house, Jesus asked Peter if the kings of the earth taxed their
children or foreigners.

Peter replied that kings of the earth did not tax their children and that they taxed foreigners.

Jesus replied that the sons were free from taxation.

He then told Peter not to offend the tax collectors and to go fishing.

Jesus told Peter that he must take the first fish that he caught on his net. He was to open the mouth of the fish and he would find the tax money in the fish’s mouth.

Peter did just as Jesus said and paid the taxes.

This is an amazing miracle because fishes don’t carry money around in their mouths.

How did that fish get that money in its mouth?

Jesus put it there. He did not take the money from His money bag. He paid His taxes by working a miracle.

Isn’t this amazing? Would you like God to work an amazing miracle for you?

Then just ask Him to do so and believe that He will.

If He gives ideas, carry them out and see what God will do to help you.

What did Jesus mean when He said that the sons of kings are free from taxation?

Jesus in that instance was speaking about the Heavenly Kingdom of God. In the Heavenly Kingdom, God does not tax His sons and daughters. They are free of taxes.


In His statement, Jesus acknowledged that God is the of the Earth and that those who believe are His children.

All of God’s children are royal Princes and Princesses. God helps them to meet all of their needs.

He wants earth citizens to trust Him and depend on Him for everything. He will help us to meet our commitments by giving us miracles.

This story tells us that we will not need to do anything that makes God angry in order to meet our needs.

Kings live in castles

Jesus sends Peter to fish for money scriptures

Unchecked Copy Box Mat 17:24

When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax went up to Peter and said, “Does your teacher not pay the tax?”

Unchecked Copy Box Mat 17:25

He said, “Yes.” And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, 

“What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tax? From their sons or from others?”

Unchecked Copy Box Mat 17:26

and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find a shekel.

And when he said, “From others,” Jesus said to him, “Then the sons are free.

Unchecked Copy Box Mat 17:27

However, not to give offense to them, go to the sea and cast a hook

Take that and give it to them for me and for yourself.”

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