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)

Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests: Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their kinsmen with them. And I weighed out to them the silver and the gold and the vessels, the offering for the house of our God that the king and his counselors and his lords and all Israel there present had offered. I weighed out into their hand 650 talents of silver, and silver vessels worth 200 talents, and 100 talents of gold, 20 bowls of gold worth 1,000 darics, and two vessels of fine bright bronze as precious as gold. And I said to them, "You are holy to the LORD, and the vessels are holy, and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the LORD, the God of your fathers. Guard them and keep them until you weigh them before the chief priests and the Levites and the heads of fathers' houses in Israel at Jerusalem, within the chambers of the house of the LORD." So the priests and the Levites took over the weight of the silver and the gold and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem, to the house of our God. Then we departed from the river Ahava on the twelfth day of the first month, to go to Jerusalem. The hand of our God was on us, and he delivered us from the hand of the enemy and from ambushes by the way. We came to Jerusalem, and there we remained three days. On the fourth day, within the house of our God, the silver and the gold and the vessels were weighed into the hands of Meremoth the priest, son of Uriah, and with him was Eleazar the son of Phinehas, and with them were the Levites, Jozabad the son of Jeshua and Noadiah the son of Binnui. The whole was counted and weighed, and the weight of everything was recorded. At that time those who had come from captivity, the returned exiles, offered burnt offerings to the God of Israel, twelve bulls for all Israel, ninety-six rams, seventy-seven lambs, and as a sin offering twelve male goats. All this was a burnt offering to the LORD. They also delivered the king's commissions to the king's satraps and to the governors of the province Beyond the River, and they aided the people and the house of God.

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