Bondage of the
What general rule is laid
down in the Bible respecting the meeting of
Give everyone what
you owe him; if you owe taxes, pay taxes; if
revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect;
if honor, then honor. Romans 13: 7,8.
In what condition is one
The rich rule over the
poor, and the borrower is servant to the
lender. Proverbs 22:7.
To what extent is one
responsible for that borrowed?
If a man borrows an
animal from his neighbor and it is injured or
dies while the owner is not present, he must
make restitution. Exodus 22:14.
Why did the young man in
Elishas time feel so concerned about the
loss of an ax head?
As one of them was
cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into
the water. Oh my lord, he cried out,
it was borrowed. 2 Kings 6:5.
What miracle did Elisha
work for its restitution?
The man of God asked,
Where did it fall? When he showed him
the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there,
and made the iron float. Verse 6.
How does the good man
guide his affairs?
Good will come to him
who is generous and lends freely, who conducts
his affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5.
To what should those listen
that lack business discretion?
He who ignores
discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever
heeds correction is honored. Proverbs
Note It is wise for
those who, from lack of natural business ability,
find themselves constantly running into debt, to
seek advice and counsel from those endowed with
more wisdom in such matters.
Which of Christs
parables teaches business discretion?
Suppose one of you
wants to build a tower. Will he not
first sit down and estimate the cost to complete
it. For id he lays a foundation and is
not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will
ridicule him saying, This fellow began to
build and was not able to finish.
How were means provided for
building the tabernacle?
Moses and the whole
Israelite community, This is what the Lord
has commanded. From what you have, take an
offering to the Lord. Everyone who is willing
is to bring an offering of gold, silver and
bronze; blue, purple and scarlet yarn; ram skins
dried red and hides of sea cows, acacia wood;
olive oil for the light, spices for the anointing
oil and for fragrance incense; and onyx stones
and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and
breastplate. Exodus 35:4-9.
What promises did David make
for building the Temple?
With all my resources
I have provided for the temple of my God
gold for the gold work, silver for the silver;
bronze for the bronze, iron for the iron and wood
for the wood, as well as the onyx for the
settings. Turquoise stones of various colors, and
all kinds of fine stone and marble all of
these in large quantities. 1 Chronicles
How did the people respond to
his call for contributions?
Then the leaders of
the families, the officers of the tribes of
Israel, the commanders of thousands and
commanders of hundreds, and the officials in
charge of the kings work gave willingly.
They gave toward the work on the temple of God
five thousand talents and ten darics of gold, ten
thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand
talents of bronze and a hundred thousand talents
of iron. Any one who had precious stones gave
them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in
the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people
rejoiced at the willing response of their
leaders, for they had given freely and
wholeheartedly to the Lord. David the king
also rejoiced greatly. Verses 6-9.
When King Jehoash wished
to repair the Temple, what provisions did he make
for raising the necessary means?
Joash said to the
priests, Collect all the money that is
brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the
Lord the money collected in the census,
the money received from personal vows and the
money brought voluntarily to the temple. Let
every priest receive the money from one of the
treasurers, and let it be used to repair whatever
damage is found in the temple. 2 Kings
After sixteen years, it
was found that those repairs had not yet been
made, what was done?
Jehoiada the priest took
a chest and bored a hole in its lid. He placed it
beside the altar, on the right side as one enters
the temple of the Lord. The priests who
guarded the entrance put into the chest all the
money that was brought to the temple of the Lord.
What was done with the money
When the amount had
been determined, they gave the money to the man
appointed to supervise the work on the temple.
With it they had paid those who had worked on the
temple of the Lord the carpenters and
builders. Verse 9.
Note These examples
furnish good lessons on financing gospel
enterprises. In each instance, it will be
noticed; the means were provided before the work
of building was begun. No debt, therefore, was
created. In all business transactions this pan is
excellent one to follow.
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