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Thursday, March 7, 2013

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Joash was eager to repair God’s temple so he asked priests to collect money and offering for such a purpose.  Years passed but repair work was not done so Joash commanded the priests to begin the work immediately.

 

It is interesting to see how money was handled during the time of the kings.  “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Tim 6:10)  Money mishandled can cause grief and pain for many. The Bible recorded steps taken to maintain accounting and correct usage:

 

  1. Special chest for collecting offering.
  2. Priests guarded the entrance.
  3. Money was counted, brought into the temple and put into bags.
  4. The amount of worker’s salary was determined.
  5. Money was given to supervisors to pay wages and for all items related to the repair.
  6. Money’s usage was determined and could not be altered.

 

All these careful measures were to make sure that God’s money was well spent.  However, the most interesting part is in verse 15, “They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they did so faithfully.”  Thes supervisors were in the best position to cheat on their workers but because they were trusted, they obviously did treat their workers with honesty and integrity.

 

How can we develop this kind of an atmosphere of trust in our work environment?  Isn’t it to be individually honest ourselves when handling money?

 

Daniel Jiao

Chinese Union Mission

Hong Kong