Death and Taxes

I am not thinking about the subject of death right now, but am about ready to do my taxes. If Mitt can get his out so can I! Matthew 17:24-27 is an interesting text describing Jesus as a tax payer. The payment of a yearly temple tax was established in Exodus 30 as being the responsibility of every Jewish male over twenty. The amount was a half-shekel or two Greek drachmas (didrachm) and was the equivalent of two days wages.  Tax booths were set up in every town and village from March 15-25th and if one failed to pay it then, they would have to pay it in Jerusalem before they were allowed to enter the temple for worship. It is interesting that tax collectors in this passage came up to Peter and asked whether Jesus had paid the tax. Continue reading “Death and Taxes”