Thursday, 20 May 2010

Rejoicing about taxation

Like I said, the Bible is pretty amazing.

I was struck again today by this incredible (in the original sense of the word) passage from 2 Chronicles 24:

9And proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring in for the LORD the tax that Moses the servant of God laid on Israel in the wilderness. 10And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished. 11And whenever the chest was brought to the king’s officers by the Levites, when they saw that there was much money in it, the king’s secretary and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and take it and return it to its place. Thus they did day after day, and collected money in abundance.

Can you imagine, if George Osborne announced plans for a new tax, that it would be received with rejoicing? Were the people of Judah absolute nutters (all the princes and all the people, not just some)? Why would they celebrate being taxed?

Well, these guys knew exactly where their money was going to be spent - on repairs to the temple. They cared about God's house, they wanted Him to be worshipped and made famous, but they joyfully funded the mission from their own pockets. Impressive.

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