Free to Offend

“‘What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers?’  When Peter said, ‘From strangers,’ Jesus said to him, ‘Then the sons are exempt. However, so that we do not offend them, go to the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up; and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for you and Me.’” Matthew 17:25-27

“We must never decline our duty for fear of giving offense; but we must sometimes deny ourselves in our worldly interests, rather than give offense.” Concise Commentary, Matthew Henry

Jesus was free from the obligation of having to pay the Temple tax, yet He did so rather than offend or cause anyone to stumble — humbling, to say the least.  Am I willing to deny myself something to which I am rightly entitled for the benefit of another?  Jesus was. And, He did.

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