The Bible

Matthew 17:24-27 : The Temple Tax

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24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

25 He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

26 Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

27 Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

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Explanation(s) or references from Swedenborg's works:

Arcana Coelestia 6394

Apocalypse Revealed 405

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Incorporating the New

By Rev. Todd Beiswenger

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There's an old saying that says, "When the student is ready the master will appear." The idea is that the student must incorporate everything they've already been taught into their life before the next master will come to teach them the next steps. We see something similar in the Word, where Jesus opens the eyes of Peter, James and John to a new spiritual reality, but now they have a difficult time trying to synthesize what they've just been taught with everything they've always believed. *note - Pastor offers his apologies where he mistakenly says in this audio that the "spiritual serves the natural"... he meant to say, "natural serves the spiritual."

(References: Arcana Coelestia 6394; Matthew 17:24-27, 17:14-20; The Apocalypse Explained 64, 405)


Prepared as a Bride

By Rev. Jonathan Rose

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Spirit and Life Bible Study broadcast from 10/9/2013. The complete series is available at:

This video is a part of the Spirit and Life Bible Study series, whose purpose is to look at the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible through a Swedenborgian lens.

Title: Prepared as a Bride

Topic: Second Coming

Summary: How are we to prepare ourselves as a bride, and what does it mean to "marry" the Lord?

Use the reference links below to follow along in the Bible as you watch.

Revelation 19:7-9; 21:1-2, 9, 17, 22, 24; 22:1-5, 14
Isaiah 1:16-17
2 Corinthians 7:1
1 Thessalonians 4:3-7
James 1:21; 4:7-8
Psalms 104:1-8
Isaiah 49:18; 52:1; 61:10; 62:1-5
Jeremiah 2:32
Romans 13:12-14
Matthew 9:15
John 3:29
Ephesians 5:25-32
Psalms 84:10
Matthew 17:24-27
John 15:13