“And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.” ~ Matthew 17:24-27
SONSHIP IS TAX-FREE
In the passage, Jesus asks: “Do kings tax their children?”. After Peter correctly answers, “no”, Jesus points out the logical conclusion: “Then are the children free”. In so doing, Jesus averts our eyes from the vulgar to the divine: The children of God do not pay taxes to God. The price to be full citizens of God’s Kingdom has already been paid by the Death of the Son.
Nowhere else in the world is this true. Citizens of any worldly ‘kingdom’ must pay a tax to obtain or retain full citizenship. In most countries the tax is monetized for government operations. In other countries the tax may be by birthright—i.e., those born outside cannot come in. However, in the Kingdom of God, ALL have the opportunity to obtain immediate citizenship, not by banknote nor birthright, but by Blood, the Blood of the Lamb.
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. ~Matthew 6:8
The practical application, for us, is that since the children of God live in the Kingdom of God, no tax in any kingdom of man can stop/hinder the work of a child of God going about their Father’s business in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus beautifully, portrays this for us by procuring the temple tax, levied on Himself and Peter, from a fish!!! God the Father had already provided for their earthly needs: no tax from man would prevent them from continuing the work of God. Likewise, there is no earthly tax/demand/situation that can stop you or me from doing the work of God here on earth: God HAS provided for all that is needed to accomplish HIS will: the child of God lives tax-free! The shortfalls, the resource deficits, appear ONLY when we try to accomplish our will instead of executing God’s plan.