"Who do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers?" This was a question ask by Christ to Peter to stimulate thought, then and now. Double-tax, inflation, debased currency, and spying on its own people; what meanest thou?
Christ Jesus constantly expose the leaders of the world as fakes. The Pharisees, Scribes, Priest, and Lawyers were Not following the Rules, but following the "traditions of men", and involved in constant conflict with Christ. What was happening during that time, is happening today.
The Temple fees of Ex.38 were specific; the time, the purpose, and for what, and the amount. The people that confronted Christ had it all wrong = exposing themselves. Taxes in America once was collected for a "specific" purpose, until 1913. Christ, Immanuel, born in Judah, was being treated as a STRANGER.
Tribute Money is essentially a toll. It was a tax on Strangers[Matt.17:24]. The world leaders could Not acknowledge, recognize, or accept. This m. o. is very much 2013, around the earth. Much of the wickedness was put into motion in 1913 through 1933; many laws, or Executive orders from Dictators. One of particular interest is the "Emergency Banking Act of 1933. Wealth was confiscated once-the declaration requires the people to be the enemy of the state.
Christ showed us how to operate amongst enemies. Recognize and acknowledge what we are discerning. Ephes.6:11-18 is an absolute requirement. Christ being treated as a Stranger, was pre-spoken years ago. Citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, should expect, no less.