Who do you feel like at tax season? Are you big and bad like Goliath? Are you humble yet confident like David? Or maybe you feel like the rest of Israel, afraid to approach and address your taxes? The King was looking for someone to fight Goliath, to complete the situation, to tackle the issue at hand, to kill the fierce and mighty Philistine giant who was waging war with any man of Israel. If this man lost Israel would become servants for the Philistines. We know this story of “David and Goliath” and how it ends when the youthful David killed Goliath with a single stone and God. But do you remember all of it? As I was reading in 1 Samuel 17 and approached this story verse 25 stuck out and intrigued me! It says, “And the men of Israel said, “Have you seen this man (Goliath) who has come up? Surely he has come up to defy Israel. And the king will enrich the man who kills him with great riches and will give him his daughter and make his father’s house free in Israel.” This latter part “his father’s house free in Israel” means free from taxes, or tax exempt, and not just the man who kills Goliath but his entire extended family! The King was so set on taking care of Goliath he was willing to give tax exemption as well as great riches and his daughter to the one who killed him! What would you do for tax exemption? And for your whole family too!
It’s interesting even with this provision no one was willing to take on the fierce and mighty giant, Goliath. That’s what a lot of us feel our taxes are, a fierce and mighty giant! God’s Word says we are to pay our governing authorities the taxes owed to them. We are also to give revenue to whom it is owed and also respect and honor, Romans 13: 1-7. Sometimes it’s hard to give respect and honor to those charging taxes but that’s what God says to do. It does tell of the authority not charging more than he should, Luke 3:13, but that’s another blog.
We are also to treat the tax collectors in a way becoming of God’s love and kindness. Jesus understood the job was not the person. Luke 5:27 tells us, “After this he (Jesus) went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “’Follow me.’” This story goes on to tell of Levi being so excited over following Jesus that he made Him a great feast with others invited, many being tax collectors. This man Levi is also who we know as Matthew, the one who wrote the Gospel book of Matthew.
Taxes and tax season are a way of life just like life includes people like the humble and confident David, the big and bold Goliath, and also like the people of Israel, afraid to approach and address. But whichever you are and whatever your taxes look like God loves you and wants to provide for you. Genesis 41:34-36, “Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.” This was a dream of Pharaoh’s. God provided Pharaoh with the dream, He provided David to interpret this dream and He provided the dream to become truth. He also provided for all because they remained faithful and obedient to Him and followed His instruction of giving one-fifth of the produce and then they were taken care of through the famine.
The bottom line (pun intended) is I guess taxes are just like everything else going back to almost the beginning of time and meant for a purpose.