II Chronicles 24

"Go out to the cities of Judah and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God …” (v5). Under the good influence of the priest Jehoida, King Joash began to collect the tithes from the people so that the broken-down, neglected Temple could be repaired. The princes and the people “rejoiced” (v10) to have the opportunity to contribute once again to God’s house, the center of worship and symbol of the covenant. They restored the Temple “to its proper condition” and sacrifices were offered regularly (v14).

The resources for the Temple were collected “in abundance” (v11). When our faith is alive and growing, it is reflected in changed behavior – even how we use our finances.