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Haggai Chapter One - Rebuilding The Temple

The Second Temple
In the first chapter of Haggai, coming in at a mere 15 verses, we learn of the Lord's prophet, named Hag'ga-i, calling attention to the Jews in the Old Testament, that the time is now at hand to rebuild the Lord's house, the Temple at Jerusalem.

The Lord's people, the Jews, however, did not think the time was right to rebuild the Temple,
"Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built" Haggai 1:2
Just like today, as we can become complacent as Christians, so the Jews became complacent in their work for the Lord.  Just like today, although we are saved Christians, we can spend our time working, eating, drinking, shopping, watching movies, earning money, but, at the end of it all, we have nothing really to show for it.  Just as it can be for us today, with all our distractions, so was it then for the Lord's people in the Old Testatment, some 500BC,
"Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes." Haggai 1:6
Just as the Jews said in the Old Testament, so can we say today, that the time is not at hand for us to rebuild the Temple, to work as Christians, to work for the Lord, just as it was said in Haggai.  Truly, there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9).

The Lord called for His people to Serve and Glorify Him

"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways." Haggai 1:7
Despite all the material and worldly goods the Jews were working for, it all came to naught.  Why?  Because, just like we can today, they had forgotten to serve the Lord,
"Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house." Haggai 1:9

Being a Christian, but not feeling right when not living as a Christian

Have you ever had the feeling, if you have not been serving the Lord as you should?  Yes, we are saved by grace through faith, not of works, it's a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), but perhaps we have fallen in our Christian walk, in how and what we do to serve the Lord.

Perhaps we've stop attending church, perhaps we've stopped praying, perhaps we've stop witnessing to people, perhaps we've become too embroiled in the things of this world.  Perhaps we've started to, or are, neglecting our ministries in the Lord, whether that's helping the poor, helping our church, soulwinning.  Whatever it is we normally do, or should be doing to serve the Lord, to walk with the Lord in our Christian life.

In such situations, perhaps you are like me, and you begin to feel as though something is missing, perhaps a feeling of frustration, that our daily lives and concerns are for naught.  Just as it was for the Jews some 500BC, the Lord had stopped blessing their works, and they encountered frustrations,
"And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands." Haggai 1:11

Let us Glorify the Lord!

Thus said the Lord, to rebuild His house, His temple, so that He will be Glorified,
"Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD."

Today, we are the temple

Just as in the Old Testament, as the Lord's house was a physical building, today, with the Holy Spirit living inside us, WE are the LORD'S temple!

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Corinthians 6:19
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

The Temple of God in the Old Testament, was a physical building, but today, as God poured out His spirit to every born again believer (John 14:17), His temple still exists, but it is us!  And it still deserves, with God the Holy Spirit living inside us, as much care and attention now, as it did in Hag'ga-i's time.

Just as in the Old Testament, God's people experienced difficulties, and hardships, when they did not Glorify Him, so it is today, if we allow OURSELVES to become backslidden, to stop serving the Lord, to stop helping at church, to stop ministering to the poor, the needy, to reach out to the lost with the Gospel, to not build His temple. 

Whatever it is we do, or should be doing, or used to do, just as it was in the Old Testament, when the people did not give Glory unto the LORD through His temple, so it is today, when we do not give Him the Glory, through how we live, in that which He bought for us, on the cross, we are out of sorts, not performing our purpose,

“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

Just as it was in the Days of Haggai

Just as it was in the days of Haggai, let us Glorify the LORD, in our body with our works, and in our spirit let us sing praise to Him with a pure heart, which, as the Holy Bible says, belongs to God.

Just as it was in the Old Testament, when the Temple was a physical building, today the Temple is inside of each of us, as born again Christians.

In the Old Testament, the Lord was glorified by His Temple, a physical location.  Today, He is still glorified by His temple, which is now us, with the Holy Spirit living inside us, and thus, He is glorified by how we live our LIVES!

As Christians in the New Testament, sometimes we have to rebuild our temples, so that we may give glory to Him that we belong to, myself so very much included.

Let us all glorify God, glorify His name, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and receive the peace and contentment as we walk with Him.
"And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God."  Haggai 1:14
Amen.

Walking to the Cross
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

























 

1st August 2018

 

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