Tag: God’s blessing
Scripture reading for September 27th: Haggai 1-2
Haggai had been sent by the Lord to speak to His people who had returned to Jerusalem after the exile to rebuild the city and temple. Haggai had the people’s respect because he obeyed the Lord and spoke for God plainly. (Haggai 1:12) The people he spoke to feared the Lord and received the word brought to them.
One of the problems with the returning exiles was misplaced priorities. They came back to Jerusalem and found a mess. The walls were broken down and houses and vineyards were overgrown with weeds. They got their eyes off fixing the city wall and the temple and began working on their own houses. (Haggai 1:2-11) They focused on themselves and their own needs and neglected God’s plans and His house. This resulted in drought on the fields and poverty in their lives. They could not get ahead.
The remedy for this was to refocus on God’s house, placing Him first! God promised them that if they did this, He would be with them and bless them. They obeyed and began the work. Some of the workers were depressed because the rebuilt temple was not nearly as beautiful as the original temple that they remembered. Haggai had to speak a word from God to help them stay focused. “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,” says the Lord Almighty. “And in this place I will grant peace,” declares the Lord Almighty.” (Haggai 2:9)
God would bring even greater glory to His house in the last days. God would shake the nations, and the desired of the nations, Jesus Christ, would come and bring glory to the Temple. He would sacrifice Himself for the sins of the people of all nations, enabling them to be forgiven and adopted by God into His family. They would be able to receive the Holy Spirit, a deposit of God’s glory. This glory would be within each believer, which now makes up the new temple of God. The glory of this later house would be greater than the former!
We, too, must check our priorities. Are you seeking to put God’s kingdom first in your life? Have you prioritized building His temple over building your own bank account or business? Put the Lord first and He will bless you!
Scripture reading for January 12th: Genesis 27-31
“Jacob left Beersheba and sat out for Haran. When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” (Genesis 28:10-12)
Jacob was the younger twin son of Isaac who had obtained the birthright from his brother Esau by shrewd trading and then connived with his mother to get his father’s blessing. Faith sees what is valuable in God’s economy and takes hold of it. Jacob was sent away from his home for two reasons: Esau was mad enough to kill him after the blessing incident, and Isaac and Rebbecca were distraught at Esau’s Hittite wives. They knew that for God’s blessing to come to pass, Jacob must marry someone of faith from their own family. It is not good to be unequally yoked! (2nd Corinthians 6:14-15) (Genesis 28:2-4)
As Jacob left to find his future wife, he stopped the first night to sleep. He had nothing but a stone for a pillow. God visited him in a dream and showed him a stairway to heaven. God spoke to Jacob from the top of the stairs, ” I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. . . .All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. . . .I will watch over you wherever you go. . . I will not leave you until I have done what I promised you.” (Genesis 28:13-15) God was in that place! What words of assurance the Lord gave during a time of transition!
Bethel (House of God) was the name Jacob gave that place. Jacob made a vow to follow God, and set up a stone pillar as a memorial of his encounter. He vowed to tithe off of all that God gave him. When a man promises money, you know that his heart is in it! God is indeed with each of us. We have an open heaven and promised blessing through the descendant of Jacob, Jesus Christ who is our stairway to heaven! (John 14:6) Follow Him today up the stairway!