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Four Drachma Coin 21

The Fish's Mouth

Jerusalem CrossJesus spoke of his own inborn sinless nature, he asked whether any of the disciples could prove him guilty of sin for if he were telling the truth, why wouldn't they believe him. Later in 2 Corinthians 5.21, Saint Paul tells us that Jesus had committed no sin, "God made him who had no sin to be sin [or "be a sin offering"] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." Saint Peter who walked and talked with Jesus adds in 1 Peter 2.22, "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." This is a quotation from Isaiah 53.9, "He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth." Saint John, the disciple that Jesus loved, added in 1 John 3.5, "But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin."

Prophesied Betrayal

Temple tax coinWhen they came together in Galilee, Jesus said to the disciples in Mark 9.31b, "The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise." The disciples were filled with grief at this statement of Jesus. After they later arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked in Matthew 17.22-24, 'Doesn't your teacher pay the temple tax?' 'Yes, he does,' he replied."

Peter's Doubt

A fishWhen Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak in Matthew 17.25b-26, "'What do you think, Simon?' he asked. 'From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes from their own sons or from others?' 'From others," Peter answered. 'Then the sons are exempt,' Jesus said to him. 'But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch, open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.'" The "drachma" was the Greek currency used at that time in Galilee produced and issued by different states and cities. It continued to be used during several periods of Roman history. The "four-drachma coin" weighed 4.3 grams of silver and was the most popular coin during Alexander the Great's conquests and continued as a local currency in Judea under the Romans. Four drachmas was equivalent to four days pay for a skilled worker, which was quite a lot of tax to pay even by today's standards!✞

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