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2 Kings 12:13-15
13 The money brought into the temple was not spent for making silver basins, wick trimmers, sprinkling bowls, trumpets or any other articles of gold or silver for the temple of the LORD; 14 it was paid to the workers, who used it to repair the temple. 15 They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.

The repair of the Temple was inspired by Joash, who was crowned in the Temple when he was seven. I believe this 'childhood experience' had a big impact on this king. His kingship was granted by the LORD in the Temple. It seemed that it was not only King Joash was reverent, he inspired his people (the carpenters and builders, the masons and stonecutters) were reverent. They did not have accounting records. But they acted with complete honesty. This makes me think of the early church (e.g. Acts 2:43-47) when they sold their properties and shared among them with similar honesty.

Psalm 145:15-16
15 The eyes of all look to you,
and you give them their food at the proper time.
16 You open your hand
and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

These two verses give me a new understanding in the present time when climate changes and food becomes a scarcity. We should know that it is God that provides suitable amount of rain, light etc. that let the food grows.


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