Thursday, March 15, 2012

Price of the Lampstand -- More than 2 Million Dollars

    Today’s Reading:
  • Exodus 23:14 - 25:40
  • Exodus 26:1 - 27:21
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Exodus 23:14 - 27:21
Today I read all of God's instructions for the building of the tabernacle, the ark and the robes of the priests.  I will say right now that I am really bad at visualizing these things even though very good descriptions were given throughout the entire reading. 

So instead I did some googling to see some models of what the tabernacle might have looked like.  Of course those are just man made suggestions and not a single one of them could capture the splendor of the tabernacle.  After all it was a place built for God to actually converse with His people.  That alone makes it a glorious place.

I can't imagine all the work that went into building the tabernacle.  Verse 25:39 says that it would take 75 pounds of gold just for the lamp stand and its accessories.  75 pounds!  Let's do some math:
Current price of gold at 2:30 PM CT on Feb 28, 2012:  $1,722.93 / Ounce
Price per pound of gold @ $1,722.93:  $27,566.88
Price for 75 pounds of gold @ $27,566.58 per pound:  $2,067,516
Two million, sixty-seven thousand, five hundred and sixteen dollars worth of gold.  For a lamp stand.  In case you're wondering I did not round or omit the change.  Using the numbers given for the current price of gold at the time I wrote this it came to a completely even number without any change.

I simply cannot imagine how beautiful that place would have been.  Simply amazing.  Now of course I wonder what happened to the tabernacle and to the ark?  I think the answer to the ark is an age old question that many people wonder about.  The rest I will just have to wait and see what else I learn.

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