Daily D – Matthew 17:27
“But, so we won’t offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and take the first fish that you catch. When you open its mouth you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to them for me and you.”
MATTHEW 17:27 (CSB)
Peter was a professional fisherman. If he lived today, he would have a Saturday morning fishing show where he would catch fish on every cast and sell lures, apparel, and boats. In his mind, he was probably the best fisherman ever.
His opinion of his elite status shifted when he met Jesus. Jesus was a better fisherman than him. We see this first in Luke 5. After fishing all night without success, Jesus tells Peter to set out for deep water and to let down his nets for a catch.
There are two problems here. First, they had fished all night without success. They were tired. They had already cleaned their nets and put away their gear.
Second, fish dive deep when the hot sun shines down on the water. Fishing with a net works best at night when fish are nearer to the surface. This was not the time to fish.
Peter reluctantly, perhaps begrudgingly, said, “But if you say so, I’ll let down the nets,” (verse 5). It took Peter, James, and John to haul in the largest catch of fish ever. They caught so many fish that their boats began to sink (verse 7).
Jesus is the best fisherman ever.
Now on this occasion, a question came up about taxes. Jesus told Peter to “cast in a fishhook.” This is the only time fishing by casting a hook into the water is mentioned in the New Testament. This is not how Peter fished. However, learning from his previous experience with the World’s Best Fisherman, he did what he was told.
Let’s pause to reflect a moment. In Luke 5, Peter did what Jesus said. It worked out splendidly, better than he could have ever imagined possible. With that success in mind, he obeyed Jesus’ instructions about fishing with a hook and line.
Living with wisdom and power is a matter of knowing what Jesus says to do and doing it.
Jesus forecast what would happen when Peter did what he said on this occasion. He would catch a fish. In the fish’s mouth would be a coin equal to the amount necessary to pay the tax for both Jesus and Peter.
Jesus is the best fisherman ever.
It is no insult to admit that Jesus is better than you. You and I may be better than ten thousand other people in one respect or another. Jesus is better than both of us put together. He’s the best, period.
The best thing about Jesus being the best at everything? We do not have to compete. Instead, we get to be on his team. We get to fish with Jesus the Best Fisherman Ever. We get to build with Jesus the Best Carpenter Ever. We get to eat with Jesus the best Fish and Chips Proprietor Ever.
Jesus wants you to do something today. It may seem odd or uncomfortable or completely out of order in your area of expertise. Trust him. He’s better than you. Trust him. He wants you to be better than you. He wants you to catch more, build better, and dine satisfactorily.
Hanging out with The Best Ever is always the best kind of adventure. Today is a good day to experience living with wisdom and power. Ask Jesus now what he wants. Ask him throughout the day when you are not entirely sure what to do next. Do whatever he tells you. Enjoy more productivity and effectiveness than you have ever known.
I will live with wisdom and power by listening to Jesus and doing what he says.
Our Father, thank you for including us in your adventures. What do you want to do today? How do you want us to participate? We are ready to work with you in today’s great adventure. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.