90. Jesus’ death foretold again- Matt. 17:22-23, Mark 9:31-32, Luke 9:43-45
-These passages tell us that Jesus tried to teach His disciples what was about to happen to Him as He would be handed over to the hands of men to be crucified with the end result being resurrection. They did not perceive His message, were afraid to ask questions, and were deeply grieved at the things He was telling them. For the disciples, full clarity only came with the actual events of Jesus’ passion and resurrection. *Application* Sometimes when we are taught things by instruction or given directions for a task, we just don’t get it and our understanding is simply not there. We need a re-explanation or further insight into the matter where we are unknowledgeable. Don’t refrain from gaining more insight by asking questions and probing into the exact meaning of what you are being asked to do or understand. Communication is a two way process and sometimes the teacher needs feedback so that they understand that their message has not gotten through. If you find yourself as the teacher, make sure you are clarifying your message by getting the feedback from your pupil or pupils. Having them restate what you’ve taught them will assure you that they got the point and allow for further instruction if necessary.
Verse to Memorize- Luke 9:45
91. Coins from the mouth of a fish to pay the tax- Matt. 17:24-27
-The tax collectors wanted some money from Peter and Jesus, and the Lord took this opportunity to produce the required drachmas from a fish in the Sea of Galilee. They still have these bottom feeders that engulf every type of metal objects in this region. So, the miracle wasn’t so much that there was money in the fish, but the point of the conversation between Jesus and Peter. Peter answers the question concerning family or strangers being collected from without really knowing the full answer. Jesus uses the incident to teach on His supply for all of our needs and subjection to earthly authorities in their local laws, rules, and regulations for the purpose of representing our King in Heaven well even if we are exempt as sons. *Application* We are not to be an offense to rulers of this world, but ambassadors for the Kingdom of God (2 Corinthians 5:20). Conduct all of your business with integrity and class under God’s command knowing that the LORD will provide for your every need and protect you even against the devourer (Malachi 3:10-12).
Verse to Memorize- Matthew 17:27