The Third Temple
Three thousand years ago the greatest human fortune ever amassed on Earth was passed on from father to son. Please turn with me to I Chronicles 22.
King David in 970BC gave Solomon 1 million talents of silver (that means somewhere between 60 and 100 million pounds of silver, or 30 to 50 thousand tons of silver, worth 14.4 to 24 billion dollars today at recent market closes of about $15/ounce).
David also gave Solomon 100 thousand talents of gold (that is between 6 and 10 million pounds of gold, or 3-5 thousand tons of gold, worth between 90-150 billion dollars today at $950/ounce).
Just to help put this into perspective for us, David had 1 million more pounds of gold, than is in Fort Knox, the largest gold holdings, of the wealthiest country ever in history, the USA.
Another piece would help and that is David held the equivalent of more than half of all the wealth of the world. Today's world is worth about $250 trillion dollars, so in todays terms, David had an equivalent of 125 trillion dollars of wealth.
The First Temple: Giving All to God
And what did the richest man in the world do with all that? He gave it to the Lord for his son to use in building the First Temple.
From this incredibly vast inheritance, Solomon built a Temple (known as the First Temple). Join me reading about that amazing event as you open there with me to I Chronicles 22:14:
"Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the LORD one hundred thousand talents of gold and one million talents of silver, and bronze and iron beyond measure, for it is so abundant. I have prepared timber and stone also, and you may add to them."
Then at the end of his life David made one more transfer, he called it his "special" treasure. Turn over to I Chronicles 29:2-5:
I Chronicles 29:2-5 "Now for the house of my God I have prepared with all my might: gold for things to be made of gold, silver for things of silver, bronze for things of bronze, iron for things of iron, wood for things of wood, onyx stones, stones to be set, glistening stones of various colors, all kinds of precious stones, and marble slabs in abundance. 3 Moreover, because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver: 4 three thousand talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, to overlay the walls of the houses; 5 the gold for things of gold and the silver for things of silver, and for all kinds of work to be done by the hands of craftsmen. Who then is willing to consecrate himself this day to the LORD?"
And look what David's lavish gift prompted in v. 6, the people began to give lavishly to God.
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