Gifts For The Temple

On the last day of school, children were bringing gifts to their teacher. The florist’s son brought the teacher a bouquet. The candy store owner’s son brought the teacher a pretty box of candy. Then the liquor store owner’s son brought a big, heavy box. The teacher lifted it up a … More

Gifts

Twelve leading priests and ten of their relatives are chosen (v. 24). Gifts of silver and gold, as well as articles that the king, his advisors, and officials, of the people of Israel had contributed for God’s temple, were divided  among the twelve priest that had been chosen (vv. 25-27). Ezra said to the priests: “You belong to the LORD, the God of your ancestors, and these things also belong to Him. The silver and gold were willingly given as gifts to the LORD. Be sure to guard them and keep them safe until you reach Jerusalem. Then weigh them inside God’s temple in the presence of the chief priests, the Levites, and the heads of the Israelite families” (vv. 28-29).

The priests and Levites then took charge of the gifts that had been weighed, so they could take them to the temple in Jerusalem (v. 30). On the twelfth day of the first month they left the Ahava River and started for Jerusalem (v. 31). God watched over them as they traveled along and He kept their enemies from ambushing them. After arriving in Jerusalem, they rested for three days (v. 32). On the fourth day they went to the temple, where the silver, the gold, and the other things were weighed and given to the priest, Meremoth, son of Uriah (v. 33). With him were Eleazar son of Phinehas and the two Levites, Jozabad son of Jeshua, and Noadiah son of Binnui. Everything was counted, weighed, and recorded (v. 34). Those who had returned from exile offered sacrifices on the altar to the God of Israel (v. 35). Twelve bulls were offered for all Israel. Ninety-six rams and seventy-seven lambs were offered on the altar, as well as twelve goats were sacrificed for the sins of the people. Some of those who had returned took the king’s orders to the governors and officials in Western Province (v. 36). Then the officials did what they could for the people and for the temple of God.

Application

I need to be a good steward of all that God has given me to look after in this life.

Ezra 8:24-36 (English Standard Version)


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