The Temple Tax
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Why did Jesus choose to obtain the stater from a fish rather than from a more conventional source of money?
I think this was yet another example of His amazing power - He could have gotten this coin in any number of ways, but in telling Peter to get the coin this way, He shows His dominion over creatures of the sea. As is true with so much of His teaching, there is more than one lesson for us to seek from this scripture.

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The Temple Tax

When they had come to Capernaum, those who collected the didrachma coins came to Peter, and said, "Doesn't your teacher pay the didrachma?" He said, "Yes."
When he came into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth receive toll or tribute? From their children, or from strangers?"
Peter said to him, "From strangers."
Jesus said to him, "Therefore the children are exempt. But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you."

Matthew 17:24-27
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