To read today’s passage is a real encouragement. The Lord is speaking to those who know him and believe in him still. He tells them to be strong and get to work building his temple. This task must have seemed utterly insurmountable. Temple had been magnificently richly decorated and it was a total ruin, plundered of all its finery. But he tells them that he is with them and that his spirit remains just as he promised when their ancestors came out of Egypt. He reminds them that the treasure they are lacking will arrive by his power because he will shake it from the whole world. It all belongs to him and so he will gather it all back again. But this time he will go further and this new temple will be greater than the one that he built before. And not only will it be greater, it will also be a place of peace. Jesus was to be the cornerstone of God’s great and glorious temple, and the members of his church were to be the stones of the walls and also the priests. (See John 2:19-22 and 1 Peter 2:4-7)
Haggai 2:1-9 NLT
Then on October 17 of that same year, the Lord sent another message through the prophet Haggai. “Say this to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of God’s people there in the land: ‘Does anyone remember this house—this Temple—in its former splendour? How, in comparison, does it look to you now? It must seem like nothing at all! But now the Lord says: Be strong, Zerubbabel. Be strong, Jeshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people still left in the land. And now get to work, for I am with you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. My Spirit remains among you, just as I promised when you came out of Egypt. So do not be afraid.’ “For this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: In just a little while I will again shake the heavens and the earth, the oceans and the dry land. I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. The future glory of this Temple will be greater than its past glory, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. And in this place I will bring peace. I, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, have spoken!”
It seems to many that the church itself is lying in ruins these days. But to those who do believe, including myself, they know that God is still with them and his spirit remains among them. And so, bearing that knowledge in mind, my goal will be to take heart in the fact that we needn’t worry about what a big task it seems to rebuild the church, because God has promised to shake all the nations himself. He says that He will fill his temple with Glory, not us. Everything belongs to The Lord because he made it all, and all power comes from him too. So all we can do is take heart and remain faithful as we do as he has asked us with true humility and devoted obedience.
Haggai 1:1-2:23, Revelation11:1-19, Psalms 139:1-24, Proverbs 30 15-16