“When all the elders of Israel had arrived, the priests took up the ark, and they brought up the ark of the LORD and the Tent of Meeting and all the sacred furnishings in it. The priests and Levites carried them up, and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.”
(1Kings 8:3-5 NIV)
I love it how in this part, and in the chapter before when they were making big things out of bronze, there was SO MUCH IT COULDN’T BE RECORDED OR COUNTED. It’s like everyone is just giving and giving and working and there is so much generosity and joy that it can’t be counted. On the small scale this reminds me of various weddings or birthdays where they are tons and tons of guests and they are bringing gifts so fast you can’t write down who brought what (which really is a silly thing to do anyway) and all you know is there is a bunch of stuff.
That would be awesome if people gave food to the Evansville Christian Life Center (which is out of food right now) and Crossroads had to call them and get trucks to haul it off and it was being hauled off and brought in so fast that we never knew how much was donated.