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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Stewardship in Ezra

Ezra 8:24 Then I set apart twelve of the leading priests: Sherebiah, Hashabiah, and ten of their kinsmen with them. 25 And I weighed out to them the silver and the gold and the vessels, the offering for the house of our God that the king and his counselors and his lords and all Israel there present had offered. 26 I weighed out into their hand 650 talents of silver, and silver vessels worth 200 talents, and 100 talents of gold, 27 20 bowls of gold worth 1,000 darics and two vessels of fine bright bronze as precious as gold. 28 And I said to them, “You are holy to the Lord, and the vessels are holy, and the silver and the gold are a freewill offering to the Lord, the God of your fathers. 29 Guard them and keep them until you weigh them before the chief priests and the Levites and the heads of fathers' houses in Israel at Jerusalem, within the chambers of the house of the Lord.” 30 So the priests and the Levites took over the weight of the silver and the gold and the vessels, to bring them to Jerusalem, to the house of our God. (ESV, emphasis added.)

Ezra doesn't exactly say so, but it seems that the implication is clear -- these priests had been given something to care for, and at the end of their journey, when the treasure they had been entrusted with would be turned over to others, there would be a reckoning. Had they taken any of the metal for themselves? Any talents, or, perhaps, any shavings off of the gold bowls?

God wants me to be responsible for what I've been entrusted with, too.

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