Counting the offering


In our church we have a team of people each Sunday counting the offerings made. At times these offerings can be really big (on special conferences for instance), sometimes amounting to tens of thousands of euros. We count every single cent of them, for accountability purposes but also because this is a biblical principle – in Old Testament times offerings were usually counted.

Except for this instance we read in 1 Kings, chapter 8:

1 Kings 8:5 King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.

Interestingly at the end of this chapter it states that the next offering they brought could be counted:

1 Kings 8:63 Solomon offered a sacrifice of fellowship offerings to the Lord: twenty-two thousand cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats.

Therefore, the offering in verse 5 must have been incredibly big. Over the top. Ridiculous. Crazy. Fun. Party. Let’s go wild.

It is this kind of offering that we need to sometimes bring to the Lord, cause where our treasure is: there shall our heart be.

If we give God all, we will have all.

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