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I Chronicles 22:8-10 David has a palace in Jerusalem. And he desires to construct a temple for God there, too. David has the spot picked out: land round a bedrock threshing flooring he had acquired from a farmer. David had already equipped an altar there. God desires a temple within the urban so humans can worship him there. yet he says he wishes it equipped via a guy of peace. David is a guy of warfare. the fellow of peace who will construct the temple is Solomon, David’s son and successor. even though David stops wanting really construction the temple, he assembles a lot of the provides, and he even organizes the temple ministries. He places stonecutters to paintings chiseling blocks from the white limestone local to the realm. He imports rot-resistant cedar from the forests of Lebanon. He stockpiles bronze for the various gigantic temple add-ons, akin to a water basin sufficiently big to carry 18,000 gallons of water. And he presents a big offer of nails formed from the latest, most powerful steel: iron. possibly so much remarkable of all, he amasses a awesome stock of necessary metals to accessorize and provide the temple: approximately 4,000 a whole lot gold and 40,000 lots of silver. On today’s industry whilst gold sells for $550 an oz. and silver for $10 an oz., that interprets into greater than $70 billion in gold and nearly $13 billion in silver. past stockpiling temple assets, David calls jointly the Levites—Israel’s tribe of worship leaders. After taking a census of all Levite males age 30 and above, he comes up with 38,000 eligible temple employees. Then he organizes them into what seems to be rotating ministry groups that might take turns serving within the temple. in simple terms descendants of Aaron can function clergymen. the remainder will paintings in different capacities, equivalent to directors, judges, musicians, guards, upkeep staff, and assistants who support monks practice the sacrificial rituals. First Chronicles ends with aged David, forty years into his reign, naming Israel’s new king: Solomon—the guy destined to construct God’s temple. What’s incorrect with a census? devil rose up opposed to Israel and brought on David to take a census of the folk of Israel.... God was once very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it. 1 Chronicles 21:1, 7 After securing Israel through defeating adverse countries on his borders, David ordered a census of guys sufficiently old to struggle in conflict. turns out innocuous sufficient. Moses had taken a census two times, to count number the Exodus refugees. yet David’s census, additionally pronounced in 2 Samuel 24, angered God. And David’s commanding basic had warned that it should. Bible specialists this present day, even if, aren’t definite what David did that used to be fallacious sufficient to warrant God’s punishment: 70,000 killed in a virus. Theories: With wars ended, David didn’t want to know what his on hand manpower was once. He took the count number to feed his delight, with numbers he may perhaps brag approximately. The census indicates Israel wanted an incredible battling strength greater than they wanted God—the related God who as soon as helped Gideon and three hundred males rout 135,000 Midianite invaders. David didn’t acquire the census tax, which used to be utilized in the worship center—a mere two-tenths of an oz. of silver in keeping with individual.
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