1 Chronicles 29:1-9 (ESV)
29 And David the king said to all the assembly, “Solomon my son, whom alone God has chosen, is young and inexperienced, and the work is great, for the palace will not be for man but for the Lord God. 2 So I have provided for the house of my God, so far as I was able, the gold for the things of gold, the silver for the things of silver, and the bronze for the things of bronze, the iron for the things of iron, and wood for the things of wood, besides great quantities of onyx and stones for setting, antimony, colored stones, all sorts of precious stones and marble. 3 Moreover, in addition to all that I have provided for the holy house, I have a treasure of my own of gold and silver, and because of my devotion to the house of my God I give it to the house of my God: 4 3,000 talents of gold, of the gold of Ophir, and 7,000 talents of refined silver, for overlaying the walls of the house, 5 and for all the work to be done by craftsmen, gold for the things of gold and silver for the things of silver. Who then will offer willingly, consecrating himself today to the Lord?”
6 Then the leaders of fathers’ houses made their freewill offerings, as did also the leaders of the tribes, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and the officers over the king’s work. 7 They gave for the service of the house of God 5,000 talents and 10,000 darics of gold, 10,000 talents of silver, 18,000 talents of bronze and 100,000 talents of iron. 8 And whoever had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, in the care of Jehiel the Gershonite. 9 Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
David wasn’t able to build the temple for God, but the Lord promised to David that his son, Solomon would build the temple. King David was already quite wealthy and provided 3000 talents of gold and 7000 talents of refined silver. The leaders of the tribes and the commanders and officers also gave freewill offering of 5000 talents and 10000 darics of gold and another 10,000 talents of silver. A talent was 75 pounds and a daric was a coin weighing 8.5 grams. If we total the weight of gold and gold coins, that would be 600,187 pounds of gold and 1,275,000 pounds of silver. If we consider that the price of gold today is around $1200 per ounce and silver is $17 per ounce, then this amount of precious materials is quite a large freewill offering.
Total value of gold today would be $11,523,590,400 and the total value of silver is $346,800,000! That’s a lot of zeros. You can see that God is abundant and provided so much for His people. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a few ounces of gold? So next time you are donating to a worthy cause, think of how God has blessed you and put away the coins; take out the dollars. It’s amazing how generous the people were to build the temple for God.