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Yeshua and taxes

In Matt 17, we have an account of Peter being asked by the tax collector of Capernaum if Yeshua pays taxes. The verses read:

Mat 17:24 - When they had come to Cafer'nachum, 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, Yeshua 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." Yeshua 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."

See also Matt 22:17:

The Pharisees and Herodians go to Yeshua to trick Him with a question. The account goes like this:

17) "Tell us, therefore, what do you think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?" 18) But Yeshua perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why do you test Me, hypocrites? 19) Show Me the tax money." So they brought Him a denarius. 20) And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?" 21) They said to Him, "Caesar's." And He said to them, "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to Eloheim the things that are Eloheim's." - Matt 22:17-21

But, there is a very important reason for Matthew, the former tax collector, to record these accounts for us. Let’s go to 1 Samuel, chapter 17.

You probably know this account of David and Goliath pretty well but there is an Alef Tav treasure hidden within that prophecys of Yeshua and taxes. First, we need to make sure that everyone knows that Yeshua comes from the line of David and is sometimes refered to as the coming son of David because when He comes back He will be a fierce warrior, conquering His enemies. With that in mind, let’s continue. Look at 1 Sam 17:25.

25) So the men of Israel said, "Have you seen this man (Goliath) who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel; and it shall be that the man who kills him the king will enrich with great riches, will give him his daughter, and give ואת his father's house exemption from taxes in Israel." - 1 Sam 17:25

“Exemption” = חפשי = Strong’s H2670 = free from taxes/ free from slavery

According to that verse, Yeshua technically would be free from taxes anyway!  But we even have a stand-alone Alef Tav (representing Yeshua!) right next to the part about David’s family being exempt from taxes (because he killed Goliath!)!

V’Aleph Tav father’s house exempt (from taxes) in Israel!

Did you happen to notice all the chapter and verse numbers we used today in Matthew AND 1 Samuel? 😉 If not, you should go up and check them out!

May you be blessed by these treasures! Shalom!

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Published by Holly Hickey הדסה היקי

It's not about me, it's about my Father, His holy, unchanging Word, Yeshua made flesh! No ear tickling here. (And maybe a couple of posted recipes that I've been unable to find online elsewhere. 😉)

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