Read 2 Kings 12
Focus on verse 6 and 15
Jehoash had instructed the priests to use the money that people brought to the temple to repair the temple, which had fallen into disrepair. Twenty-three years later though money has been collected no repairs have been done. So Jehoash decides to change things up a bit. He releases the priests from the task of repair and from the collecting of money and turns it over to Jehoiada who sees to it that the money gets directed to workmen who are skilled and equipped to do the repairs.
These workmen were of the character and quality that they were not asked for an accounting of the money for they were trusted to deal honestly. Now, while this is a wonderful illustration of the kind of integrity these workmen displayed, I would hesitate to suggest this as a model for financial management in our culture…even within the body of Christ. Transparent accounting and record keeping of funds is always the best way to prevent the appearance of evil, even for the most trustworthy people.
This was a rather unique case. The workmen in this case apparently feared God and knew that though they may have been able to cheat the people overseeing them, they understood that they could never cheat God and get away with it.
This is perhaps the attitude toward money and even life in general that is most appropriate for a follower of Jesus. It is frequently tempting and often possible to deceive the people around us into believing that we are someone we are not, but we can never deceive God and, as we discovered with Athaliah in the previous chapter, hidden sin has a way of becoming evident sooner or later.