March 23 | Matthew 17:24-27
An Audience of One
by Judy Webb
Like me, you have most likely read these verses before, but perhaps didn’t give much thought to them. The subject matter of taxes maybe turned your mind off without considering what was transpiring. Now, I am reading a bit deeper – why not join me? We can recognize a miracle when someone is healed from a debilitating sickness, or when our Lord feeds 5,000 people without breaking a sweat, not to mention filling a boat to overflowing while nets are popping at the seams, but pulling a coin from the mouth of one fish? Not so overwhelming at first glance.
“But so that we may not cause offense, 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.” (Matthew 17:27)
To this point, Jesus has performed many miracles for the crowds to see and experience, but this time he accomplished a miracle for the benefit of one man, Simon. Why? I am not sure, but I have a few ideas. Have you ever asked for a miracle for yourself? Maybe you know it would take an act of God, a miracle, to save your life, or perhaps your marriage. If you believed God only provided miracles if there were a large audience present, would you ask or pray for one for yourself?