Notice the difference in the force of the miracle not being on the “kingdom near you” to training the disciples in ministry. They had already been involved in casting out demons as apprentices to the King (10:8)
Notice that even after the glorious Transfiguration, none of the disciples had adequate faith.
Seizures (Greek: lunatic, lit. moonstruck) also occurred in
Moving Mountains with little faith – v. 20, indicates poverty of most basic level of faith, not extent. A poverty that is distracted from
v. 22-23: Obedience invites power and martyrdom. It is a two-edged sword. Faith means willingness to go where God leads, not power to avert all unpleasant circumstances. Lest we become infatuated with God’s power, let us remember that is for engagement with the enemy of souls to win them for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. We mature as we walk with Him through the hard tests of life for His Name’s sake, forcing us to rely on His provision and power.
V. 23: They were exceedingly sorry. This sorrow was not of sympathy. It was of disappointment, lack of sympathy. Even though He never spoke of the cross without the resurrection, it seems they could not get past the suffering veiling the victory.
v. 24: The question in the negative shows that there had been some criticism going on of questioning
OT required a tax at the annual census of a half-shekel (1/5 ounce of silver – Exodus 30:13-16; 38:26; after Exile devalued to 1/3 oz. – Nehemiah 10:32, equivalent of two days wages) for everyone over twenty (Exodus 30:11-16). Since the priests would not allow coins with pagan images into the
In silver alone, the
The irony is that the King’s children can pay the tax because the King provides it.
Miracle is both foreknowledge and provision.
Reliability of Scripture – () Throw out your line or “cast a hook.” All other NT references are to fishing with a net, not a hook. Interestingly, fishhooks were found under the upper pavements of the floor of
The King brought Himself to a place of subjection in order to keep others from stumbling and included in His payment
We must look to