The money for repairing the temple (2 Kings 12:4-12:8)

“King Joash said to the priests. ‘Let the priest have all the money offered as sacred donations that is brought into the house of Yahweh. Let them have as well the money that each man is assessed, the money from the assessment of persons, and the money from the voluntary offerings brought into the house of Yahweh. Let the priests receive from each of the donors. Let them repair the house wherever any need of repairs is discovered.’ But by the twenty-third year of King Joash the priests had made no repairs on the house. Therefore King Joash summoned the priest Jehoiada with the other priests. He said to them. ‘Why are you not repairing the house? Now therefore do not accept any more money from your donors, but hand it over for the repair of the house.’ So the priests agreed that they would neither accept money from the people, nor repair the house.”

King Joash had a special relationship to the priests and the temple because of his early upbringing. He wanted all the money that was brought to the temple in offerings, as well as the personal assessment of funds and the voluntary offerings to go to the priests of the temple so that the house of Yahweh, the temple, could be repaired when it was needed. However, when he was 30, after 23 years of waiting for repairs, none had been done. Then he summoned his old master the priest Jehoiada with the other priests. He said that they were to take no more money until the repairs are done. The priests, however, said, we will not take any more money, but we will not repair the temple either.


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