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It Is All About Salvation


Matthew 17:24-27

Here in Matthew 17: 24…all the way through chapter 18, Jesus is in the process of training His disciples and He gives them instructions in about 6 different aspects of what a disciple should be or do.

So, let’s begin with the issue of TRIBUTE MONEY found starting in verse 24.

Jesus is back in Capernaum…and the tax that Peter is asked about here is not a Roman tax like that mentioned in Mark 12 and Matthew 22.

Then when Peter goes into the house Jesus asks Peter a question: What do you think Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth collect customs or poll-tax, from their sons or from strangers? (This word “strangers” here does not refer to foreigners. It refers to those outside of the family. The kings didn’t collect taxes from their family but from the subjects of the kingdom.)

But now, look at the lesson in verse 27: However, so that we do not offend them…or cause them to stumble…go to the sea, and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, open its mouth, get the shekel…and pay the tax for you and Me.”

And the lesson to us is: As disciples of Christ, as Sons of God, we must not allow our rights to be a stumbling block or cause of offense to others…and we need to be especially careful about being a hindrance to people coming to Christ.

 Let’s go to chapter 18:1-6. Look at vs. 1: At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

Look at Jesus’ response in vs. 2: And He called a child to Himself and set him before them, 3 and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.

 And when Jesus speaks of “becoming like children”, He could be talking about qualities such as simplicity, frankness, obedience, unpretentiousness, eagerness, innocent, and so on.

 Now in verse 6-7 Jesus warns those who try and cause the humble child of God to “stumble or to commit sin…to fall away…to renounce their faith in Christ”…by placing enticements, traps, and allurements to do wrong before them, that it would be preferable for them to be sunk into the depths of the sea.

 In verse 7 Jesus says that “it is inevitable that stumbling blocks come.”

These two verses; 8-9 also give us a glimpse of just how bad hell is…you would be better off blind, handicapped, and lame in this world than to go to hell. Hell is no joking matter.

Verses 12-14 may be the theme of the whole chapter.

What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? 13 “And if it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray. 14 “Thus it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish. 

Now, verses 15-19: “If your brother sins…just ignore it…turn a blind eye to it…don’t have anything to do with him.”

“And if your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 “But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.  17 “And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer.

And then we come to verses 21-35. It only takes a glance to see what these 15 verses is about: FORGIVENESS. Forgiving a brother who sins against you.

So, from chapter 17:24 all the way to the end of chapter 18 Jesus gives us about 6 different teachings or requirements on what a disciple of Christ is to be.

Those are some of the primary lessons from these 39 verses. But if you step back and look at these verses as a whole, their theme is SALVATION.