Appointing with Integrity
God appoints people with integrity. When you are doubting your church for using the money you donate wisely, you must assume they are people of integrity who are accountable before the Lord. Even when you have great doubt for human error and temptation, at the end of the day, these people are answerable to the Lord. Any corruption and misuse, they would have to account for on the Day of Judgment in front of the King of kings.
Come to think about it, it’s a dangerous journey for Ezra and the priests. Robbers can ambush them and kill them to get hold of this great treasure. Physically, they were carrying heavy loads. Like humans, they can also be tempted to pocket a few silver or gold. However, the Lord has blessed their journey. Passage below shows that the Lord kept them safe. Upon their arrival, there were more offerings made for the Lord in the form of livestock. Truly, we see abundance and prosperity left and right from different groups of people, as they are able to generously give to the work of the Lord.
31 On the 12th day of the first month we started out. We left the canal that flows toward Ahava. And we headed for Jerusalem. Our God helped us. He kept us safe from enemies and robbers along the way. 32 So we arrived in Jerusalem. There we rested for three days.
33 On the fourth day we weighed out the silver and gold. We also weighed out the sacred objects. We weighed everything in the house of our God. We handed all of it over to Meremoth the priest. He was the son of Uriah. Eleazar, Jozabad and Noadiah were with him. Eleazar was the son of Phinehas. Jozabad was the son of Jeshua. Noadiah was the son of Binnui. Jozabad and Noadiah were Levites. 34 Everything was listed by number and weight. And the total weight was recorded at that time.
35 Then the people sacrificed burnt offerings to the God of Israel. They had returned from Babylon. They offered 12 bulls for the whole nation of Israel. They offered 96 rams and 77 male lambs. All of that was a burnt offering to the Lord. They sacrificed 12 male goats as a sin offering. 36 They also handed over the king’s orders. They gave them to the royal officials and governors who ruled over the land west of the Euphrates River. Then those men helped the people. They also did many things for the house of God. (Ezra 8:31-36)
Ezra 8:31-36 shows us that Ezra and his group arrived safely in Jerusalem. Furthermore, Ezra 8:34 tells us that the books balanced when the silver, gold, vessels and offering were counted and weighed. The men chosen had faithfully fulfilled their task and proven themselves trustworthy in the mission given to them.
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