April 24 Notes and Questions
If Money Could Talk
Week 1, “It’s Not Yours”
1 Chronicles 29:6-14
“In the Beginning God…”
In the beginning God created everything.
Society has erased God and His creation.
1 Chronicles 29:6-14
Then the rulers of the fathers’ households, the leaders of the tribes of Israel, and the commanders of thousands and hundreds, with the supervisors of the king’s work, offered willingly; and for the service of the house of God they gave five thousand talents and ten thousand darics of gold, ten thousand talents of silver, eighteen thousand talents of brass, and a hundred thousand talents of iron. Whoever possessed precious stones gave them to the treasury of the house of the Lord, in care of Jehiel the Gershonite. Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the Lord wholeheartedly, and King David also rejoiced greatly.
So David blessed the Lord in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion, Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12 Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.
“But who am I and who are my people that we should be able to offer as generously as this? For all things come from You, and from Your hand we have given to You.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
What do You Treasure Most in this Life?
We’re taught to use our time and talent to accumulate treasure.
It’s Not Yours!
King David’s Pattern for Using the Time, Treasure, and Talent God Gives Us
- It Begins at Home- Time
1 Chronicles 29:6
Then the rulers of the fathers’ households, and the princes of the tribes of Israel, and the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, with the overseers over the king’s work, offered willingly;
- It Begins with a Willing Heart- Treasure
1 Chronicles 29:9
Then the people rejoiced because they had offered so willingly, for they made their offering to the LORD with a whole heart, and King David also rejoiced greatly.
- It Begins with Knowing God Gave you your Talent
1 Chronicles 29:12
Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
- It Starts with Knowing it all Belongs to God-
Time, Treasure, and Talent
1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, LORD, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
King David used his time, talent, and treasure to setup the building of the temple.
How are you using the time, treasure, and talent God has given you?
Make a choice today to use your time, talent and treasure for God’s Kingdom!
- What are some opinions that people who do not believe in God believe about how people came about on this planet? What are some of the things we may have been taught in school about these origins? Why does this conflict with the biblical account?
- Read 2 Chronicles 29:6-14, why do you think the writer of the Chronicles would highlight the actions of all the leaders including David?
- Does society value money? Do Christians value money? Is it wrong to value money? What are some issues that came arise from valuing money too much?
- Read Matthew 6:19-21, what are some treasures we can store up that have eternal value?
- Is there something you used to put a lot of value in that is now worthless? Describe how the item was valued at the time compared to now.
- Is time=money? Why or why not?
- What do you feel is your most important ministry?
- Can we rob God? If so, what are some ways we can rob Him? (Reference Malachi 3:8-10)
- What are some ways we can know what talents or gifts God has given to us? Can you think of a gift or talent God has given you that you have not used for building His kingdom?
- If your money could talk, what would it say?