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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2010-10-10: "Fishing For Finances"

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October 10, 2010
Sheepfold Ministries, Pastor Phil Roland

FISHING FOR FINANCES
OVERCOMING ANXIETY
Matthew 17:24-27
“Lack of anything can spin the mind into fear and unbelief. Negative thoughts can dominate the mind and lead into the shadowy world of anxiety. God is our provider and He meets our needs before we ask.”                                Pastor Phil

“'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.'” Jeremiah 33:3

TEMPLE TAX:
The annual tithe required by every Jew to go into the temple coffers. It amounts to about eight grams of silver or $5.00 in today’s money.

EXEGETICAL NARRIATIVE: 
1. Jesus needed to pay a tax
2. Jesus was not expecting a pay check
3. Jesus did not have any savings for the tax.
4. The tax collector asked Peter, Jesus' disciple, for both Jesus and his own personal tax
5. Jesus was busy doing what God wanted Him to do
6. Jesus had confidence that His Father would take care of this need
7. Jesus sent Peter, the former fisherman, to get the tax money from a fish's mouth
8. The fish was caught and the money found in its mouth
9. The tax was paid

I. PETER WAS PRAGMATIC AND A WORRIER -
          A. Temple Maintenance Tax Men approached Peter
                    1. Peter was flustered and embarrassed
                    2. Felt “on the spot” about money
                    3. Businessman who was used to paying his bills
          B. Tax men accused Jesus and Peter of not being faithful Jews
                    1. Peter was a “Type A” personality
                    2. Became emotional when in a corner
                    3. Sometimes he was mouthy and impulsive
                    4. Suffered from “Hoof and Mouth Disease”
                    5. Needed Mint-Flavored Shoes
          C. IRONY: Peter Lacked Faith
                    1. Earlier in the chapter Peter witnessed Jesus’ Transfiguration
                    2. Witnessed Jesus healing of epileptic boy
                    3. Doubted that God could provide $10.00

FISHING FOR FINANCES, p.2

II. PETER HADN’T GRASPED THE CONCEPT OF SONSHIP
          A. Jesus was calling sons and daughters into His Kingdom
                    1. Sons and daughters walk in Peace - Matt. 5:9
                   “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”
                    2. Sons obey Jesus Command to Forgive  – Matt. 5:44,45a
                      "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you,
                           do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully
                           use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in
                           heaven;”
          B. We are called to become personal family members – Matt. 3:35
          "For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother."
                 1. We become Jesus’ brothers and sisters
                    2. We are His and He is ours
          C. Jesus was teaching far beyond God’s material Provision
                    1. He was reminding Peter of his identity in Christ
                    2. He was reminding Peter of the Freedom that was his
                    3. Children of Israel took 70 years in the wilderness
                    4. Took a New Generation to Learn How to be Free

III. PETER WAS TOLD TO DO SOMETHING ORDINARY
          A. Fishing was Peter’s former Profession
                    1. It was an easy natural thing to do for him
                    2. Peter needed to gain the faith that comes by obedience
                    3. He had to trust that God could use an ordinary fish
                    4. Peter did what he knew to do, God did what He does best
          B. Spiritual Lesson for Peter and for us
                    1. “Don’t worry when you are busy doing the Father’s Will”
2. God can show up even as we do ordinary tasks
                    3. Why worry about legitimate bills?
                    4. If your heart is right and you are doing His Will, He provides
                    5. Can God provide for you in a “down economy?”
                    6. He absolutely is able to do it
          C. God knows what you need before you ask – Matthew 6:8
                “. . . .your Father (in Heaven) knows the things you have need of before
                  you ask Him.”
          D. God hears and responds to our cries for His help – Isaiah 65:24    
                "It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they
                 are still speaking, I will hear.”
          E. Call upon Him today in your distress
                    1. Ask for His Salvation
                    2. Trust the work of His Cross to save you
                    3. Believe that He can set you free to walk in his peace

FISHING FOR FINANCES, Text:
Matthew 17:24-27
When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?"
25  He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?"
26  Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free.
27  "Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."