Matthew 17:24 - 17:27
In this passage of Matthew 17, Steve Gregg discusses the voluntary tribute tax paid by Jews to the Roman Empire. While Jesus did not necessarily support the ongoing validity of the temple tax, he paid it to avoid potentially offending people's image and testimony. Gregg suggests that denying oneself something legitimately can be a way of showing love to others. Peter assumed that Jesus would pay the tax, and it is possible that this assumption was based on a prediction from Jesus.