Read 2 Chronicles 3 today.

2 Chronicles 3:3-9 NLT[3] These are the dimensions Solomon used for the foundation of the Temple of God (using the old standard of measurement). It was 90 feet long and 30 feet wide. [4] The entry room at the front of the Temple was 30 feet wide, running across the entire width of the Temple, and 30 feet high. He overlaid the inside with pure gold. [5] He paneled the main room of the Temple with cypress wood, overlaid it with fine gold, and decorated it with carvings of palm trees and chains. [6] He decorated the walls of the Temple with beautiful jewels and with gold from the land of Parvaim. [7] He overlaid the beams, thresholds, walls, and doors throughout the Temple with gold, and he carved figures of cherubim on the walls. [8] He made the Most Holy Place 30 feet wide, corresponding to the width of the Temple, and 30 feet deep. He overlaid its interior with 23 tons of fine gold. [9] The gold nails that were used weighed 20 ounces each. He also overlaid the walls of the upper rooms with gold.
This chapter includes an account of the construction of the Temple under Solomon’s direction. I confess that I have mixed feelings whenever I read about this. On one hand, my worship of God is worthy of my very best, so the use of expensive materials for a place of worship seems appropriate. On the other hand, prominent use of expensive materials can be done for the purpose of enhancing the appearance or reputation of the giver. I tend to be cautious in this area because it is easy to slip from true worship into reputation building. Additionally, it may be very difficult for an outside observer to discern the purpose of the giver’s heart.
John 12:1-6, 8 NLT
[1] Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus-the man he had raised from the dead. [2] A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. [3] Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
[4] But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, [5] “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.”
[6] Not that he cared for the poor-he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself. [8] You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”