Exodus 38:24 reads: The total amount of the gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuary was 29 talents and 730 shekels,[a] according to the sanctuary shekel. (NIV)
The footnote for that verse reads: The weight of the gold was a little over a ton or about 1 metric ton.
And thatís a TON (i.e., a lot) of gold!!!!!
According to Ask.com the current price of gold is: $1,668.25
(American dollars. This price fluctuates on a daily basis.)
Doing the math, 16 oz/lb x 2,000 lbs/ton (32,000 oz) x $1,668.25 = $53,384,000 - the gold for that sanctuary alone, excluding the silver and other precious metals/jewels, had a current market value in excess of $53 MILLION bucks.
I am IMPRESSED by the Israelitesí
a) devotion and obedience to the commands of the LORD
b) their obvious earthly wealth.
Unless Iím missing something, that is. And please feel free to correct me.
Iím used to it.
As an aside Iím also almost intrigued by the way my aged mind works during my devotional times EARLY in the a of the m. Iím kinda addicted to searching out discoveries like this, just to satisfy my curiosity, if nothing else.
I hope you have a satisfactory Saturday in HIM.
p.s. - Isnít God good?!