Post by Michael Glover
But I am right!
Have you ever had an argument with someone when you knew you were right? So frustrating! The other person just can’t see they’re wrong, it goes on and on! Hate that.
In Matthew 17, just after Jesus heals the boy with epilepsy. Remember the disciples couldn’t, so they asked Jesus about it, and he told them, “This kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matt 17:21 AMP)
Can’t bash the disciples for being unable then, they were with Jesus and weren’t fasting, or really praying. The whole, new wine into old wine skins thing.
(I believe as disciples of Jesus. We also experience these seasons while following Him.) Another time.
But I am right!
They arrive at Capernaum, and the collectors of the half shekel [the temple tax] ask Peter, “Does not your Teacher pay the half shekel?” (Matt 17:24 AMP)
Peter says, “yes”, heads home and Jesus meets him at the door. He says, “What do you think Simon? From whom do earthly rulers collect duties or tribute-from their own sons or from others not of their own family?” (Matt 17:25 AMP)
“And when Peter said, From the other people, not of their own family, Jesus said to him, Then the sons are exempt.” (Matt 17:26 AMP)
“However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them to judge unfavorably and unjustly] go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.”
Interesting story we see here.
Jesus did a lot in a short time:
1. He met with Peter alone (good leaders teach their ‘inner circle’ one-on-one)
2. Showed Peter thru illustration,
a. His Dad built this place, He’s exempt
b. Gave Peter another lesson on who Jesus really was
c. Reprimanded him, without actually reprimanding him (inner circle stuff)
3. Used the miraculous to pay the temple tax and teach Peter:
a. You actually work for some miracles
b. I will use your skills (fishing) in a different way to perform miracles
- Less effort/Better results
- After I am gone, you will catch fish (souls) who will provide all your needs monetarily (think Barnabas)
- Sometimes you’ll use nets (whatever swims into the net, think Acts 2:38)
- Sometimes you’ll use a fishing rod (specific fish, think Cornelius)
4. Fulfilled prophecy (Exodus 30:13)
The main lesson: Peter some arguments are not worth getting into. But I am right!
Are there arguments we get into, because we are right or in the right, that really aren’t worth getting into?
Should we think about how this could affect our relationship or friendship?
Is it worth losing a friend, or creating a bad work environment?
Something to think about.
Not saying I am right or anything …