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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!