So every week Jen and her girls come over for Bible study. We have been doing this for almost two years. We started with Restoration, then we worked through Torah Club Volume 1 and now we are going through Volume Four which is all about the four Gospels.
Well tonight we were working through Mark 9 and moved over to Matthew to pick up the chronological narrative where we found this gem:
Matthew 17:24 When they came to K’far-Nachum, the collectors of the half-shekel came to Kefa and said, “Doesn’t your rabbi pay the Temple tax?” 25 “Of course he does,” said Kefa. When he arrived home, Yeshua spoke first. “Shim`on, what’s your opinion? The kings of the earth — from whom do they collect duties and taxes? From their sons or from others?” 26 “From others,” he answered. “Then,” said Yeshua, “The sons are exempt. 27 But to avoid offending them — go to the lake, throw out a line, and take the first fish you catch. Open its mouth, and you will find a shekel. Take it and give it to them for me and for you.”
Now go back and read it again.
Yeshua was saying that the sons, the sons of Israel should not be taxed by their Father.(My dear sweet Husband, thinks that he may have only been talking about Himself, but that doesn’t alter the conclusion.)
Okay see the part where He says, “But to avoid offending them…” Okay heres the big thing. Yeshua didn’t think that the “poll tax” was a proper interpretation of the Torah, but he also didn’t think that he should offend the sages and the priests that were in charge and opted to pay the tax. Here it is again, Yeshua didn’t agree with the Rabbi’s but he followed their ruling anyway!
Matthew 23 we see Yeshua telling us to respect the authority of the “seat of Moses” and then we actually see him doing it on a number of occasions. But here we see Him disagreeing and yet still following thier ruling! Wow, that’s huge!!