“Then King Josiah contributed to the people, as Passover offerings for all that were present, lambs and kids from the flock to the number of thirty thousand, and three thousand bulls. These were from the king’s possessions. His officers contributed willingly to the people, to the priests, and to the Levites. Hilkiah, Zechariah, and Jehiel, the chief officers of the house of God, gave to the priests for the Passover offerings two thousand six hundred lambs and kids and three hundred bulls. Conaniah also, and his brother Shemaiah and Nethanel, as well as Hashabiah, Jeiel, and Jozabad, the chiefs of the Levites, gave to the Levites for the Passover offerings five thousand lambs and kids and five hundred bulls.”
King Josiah provided the animals for the Passover. They had 30,000 lamb kids and 3,000 bulls. Also the royal officials contributed along with the high priests of the Temple, led by Hilkiah, 2,600 lambs and 300 bulls. The Levites, led by Conaniah, contributed 5,000 lambs and 500 bulls. Thus there were over 37,600 lambs and 3,800 bulls so that there would be a lot of slaughtered lambs and bulls available for this great Passover.
“Yahweh said to Moses: ‘Tell the Israelites to take for me an offering. From all whose hearts prompt them to give you shall receive the offering for me. This is the offering that you shall receive from them: gold, silver, and bronze, blue, purple, and crimson yarns and fine linens, goats’ hair, tanned rams’ skins, fine leather, acacia wood, oil for the lamps, spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense, onyx stones and gems to be set in the ephod and for the breastplate. Have them make me a sanctuary, so that I may dwell among them. In accordance with all that I show you concerning the pattern of the tabernacle and of all its furniture, so you shall make it.’”
Yahweh told Moses to make him a sanctuary, so that he could dwell among them. This sanctuary, apparently, is some sort of tabernacle, some sort of container, where Yahweh would be present, much like the later medieval Christian tabernacles. How are they going to build this sanctuary? The people will make an offering. What is going to be given and how is it to be used? Now the list is long with all kinds of precious metals, garments, and spices. This is a lot of stuff and some of the Israelites must have had these things to give. Apparently, they had the typical valuable metals like gold, silver, and bronze. Blue, purple and crimson yarn was in favor, as well as the skins of goats, rams, and cows that would make good offerings. There also was wood, spices, and jewelry as offerings.