Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Quick Question on Money

Jesus and His disciples had a money box. (Judas was treasurer... for real!!!) Where did they get that money and what did they use it for?
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6 comments:

Alan Knox said...

John,

Some suggest that the women mentioned in Mark 15:41 were ones who ministered/helped/supported/cared for his needs. Perhaps they provided money as well? Of course, they didn't pay the temple tax. Peter had to "fish" for that (Matt 17:24-27). I know this doesn't answer your question, but Scripture is relatively silent on this.

-Alan

Brandon said...

John,
Great question! :-)

Matthew 17:25 He (Jesus) said, "Yes." And when he came into the house, Jesus spoke to him first, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?" 26 When Peter said, "From strangers," Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are exempt..."

What (if anything) is the significance of Jesus saying the sons are exempt?

Blessings,
Brandon

John Lynch said...

Alan... that's helpful remembering that when tax time came, the money-box was either empty or otherwise spoken for... indicating either it was really meager or exclusively for some other purpose. The disciples indicated an assumption that money made available was first to be "given to the the poor" (Matthew 26; Mark 14; John 12). But, weren't they poor themselves?


Brandon... great question on Matthew 17:25. Considering that Jesus and Peter paid the tax, we're forced to some other conclusion. I'd love to read your exegesis of Mt 17:25! Bring it on, brother!

Brandon said...

Exegesis? I'm not a Bible scholar by any means. I also don't think this will answer your question about the money box. But it looks to me like they only paid the tax to keep from offending the tax collectors. Right after He tells Peter that the sons are exempt, He continues in vs 27 "However, so that we do not offend them....Take that and give it to them for you and Me.". So if I'm reading this right, He says that even though as sons of the King they are exempt from paying the temple tax (a tax to God by the way). They will pay it rather than offend those that are collecting the tax.

What do you think?

That's an interesting passage of scripture.

Blessings,
Brandon

John Lynch said...

I love your insight into Jesus' value of avoiding unneccesary obstacles to the gospel life and message. We certainly see that theme through his life and minsitry as well as throughout the rest of the New Testament. Except when it damaged people's understanding of and approach to the kingdom of God, it seems that Jesus always submitted to the existing authority structures... parents, Torah, temple, Galilee, Rome, etc.

Brandon said...

I also find it interesting that they didn't use the money from the box (ministry money?) to pay the temple tax (support the church?). Perhaps that's way too much supposition on my part. Or I may be seeing something that's really not there. But He did get Peter to go work to earn the money to pay the tax.

Blessings,
Brandon