Where did Israel get the materials to build the tabernacle?
Exodus 12:35-36 – “The people of Israel had also done as Moses told them, for they had asked the Egyptians for silver and gold jewelry and clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.”
Where did Israel get the materials to build Solomon’s temple?
In 1 Chronicles 29, David says that he made provision for the temple – gold for the things of gold, silver for the things of silver, etc. Where did get he all of that? From the lands around Canaan. Also, Solomon received tribute from all the nations.
Where Israel get the materials to rebuild Solomon’s temple?
In Ezra 1:4 says, “And let each survivor, in whatever place he sojourns, be assisted by the mean of his place with silver and gold, with goods and beasts, besides freewill offerings for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.”
In the Old Testament, every time God builds a dwelling place for himself, he takes from the wealth of the world and gives it to Israel to build with. Also, Israel gave freewill offerings according to the desires of their heart. God never took from his people offerings made under compulsion.
Today, we know that God does not dwell in a house made by human hands. He dwells in a house that he is making. Christ is the foundation of it. And, we, as living stones, are the temple of God.
So, what is the “wealth” of the world that God is taking and using to build his temple today? I think we could say that it is all those that he saves.