Mt. 17:22-27; Mk. 9:30-32; Lk. 9:43-45
Great crowds followed Jesus and His apostles wherever they went. In order to escape them this time, they returned to Capernaum in Galilee.
As they traveled, Jesus repeated the revelation He had made at Caesarea Philippi that He was to be betrayed, killed and raised up on the third day. This made them exceedingly sorrowful. Even though He had mentioned it earlier, the disciples still did not understand what He was talking about and were afraid to ask.
A one-half shekel offering or tax was required of the Jews in order to service the tabernacle or temple. As they entered Capernaum, those who received the temple tax asked Peter if Jesus paid the tax.
Jesus told Peter to go fishing and open the mouth of the first fish that he caught. He would find a coin large enough to pay the tax for both Jesus and himself. It is our spiritual responsibility to pay our legal share of the taxes.