Haggai 2:1-23 (19)
Have we been obedient?
This is Haggai's subsequent message, given during the Feast of Tabernacles, around the month of October, 520 B.C. The more seasoned individuals, the elders, could recollect the unbelievable magnificence of Solomon's Temple, which had been annihilated 66 years sooner. Many were debilitated on the grounds that this new Temple was second rate compared to Solomon's. But Haggai supported and encouraged them with God's message that the quality and splendor of this Temple would outperform the former Temple. The most significant piece of the Temple is the presence of God. After 500 years, Jesus Christ would stroll into the Temple courts.
“Be strong, and work, for I am with you.” Judah's kin had as of now had returned to worshiping God, and he vowed to favor their endeavors. Presently it was the ideal opportunity for them to work. We should be a group of petitions (that means prayer), Bible study, and worship; yet in the long run, we must get out and do what God has given for us to do. He wants to use us, to work through us to change the world. God has given us something important to take care of in the church, at our work environment, and at our home. The opportunity has arrived for us to be strong, steadfast, and work, for God is with us.
The Israelites had been driven from bondage in Egypt to their Promised Land. They were God's chosen, whom he led and tended to by his Holy Spirit. However, he chastised them for their wrongdoings, he stayed faithful to his obligation and never left them (Exodus 29:45-46). Regardless of the hardships we face or how baffling our work might be, God's Spirit is with us.
The center movements from the neighborhood Temple being remade in Jerusalem to the overall rule of the Messiah on the planet. The words “it is a little while” are not restricted to what is the historical setting; they allude to God's control of history. He can act any time he picks. God will act in his time (Hebrews 12:26-27).
When God vowed to “shake all nations” with his judgment, he was discussing both the current judgment of the evil countries and the future judgment to come during the last days.
The “desire of all nations” has two potential implications: First, it could allude to the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who might enter the Temple 500 years after the fact and fill it with his greatness and his tranquility. Second, it could likewise allude to the wealth that would stream into the Temple, given as contributions to the people of God.
God wanted the Temple to be remade, and he had the gold and silver to do it, however he required willing hands. God has decided to take care of his job through his kin. He gives the assets and resources; however willing hands should accomplish the work. Are our hands accessible and available for God's work on this planet?
The model given in this message clarifies that sacredness and holiness does not rub off onto others, however defilement will. Since the people were starting to submit and obey to God, he vowed to provide encouragement and prosperity. However, they needed to comprehend that the Temple activities would not tidy up their wrongdoing; just contrition, repentance, and obedience could do that. In the event that we demand holding onto wrong mentalities and sins or on keeping up with cozy associations with corrupt individuals, we will be tainted. After we are equipped with God's Holy Spirit, only then will holy living be evident in our lives.
If we work in the garden, or on an automobile our hands get dirty. Sin and childish mentalities produce similar outcomes; they stain all that they contact. Indeed, even benevolent acts accomplished for God can be polluted by corrupt perspectives. The only cure is God's purifying, his cleansing, his forgiveness of our sins.
The people reestablished the Temple’s foundation, and God promptly favored them. He did not wait for them to finish the job, he blessed them anyway. God regularly gives his approval and endorsement with the first obedient undertakings that we do.
Is the seed yet in the barn? What have we done with what God has given us? Are we storing it up for later use? Have we planted it? Have we shared the seed with others? Every seed planted has the potential to produce an abundance of other seeds. If the seed is not planted, then there can be no fruit produced.
Haggai's message to the people was for them to get their priorities inline, assist them with stopping their stressing, and to spur them into rebuilding the Temple. Like the Israelites of then, we regularly place a higher need on our own solace than on God's work and giving him true praise and worship. However, God is satisfied and guarantees strength and direction when we put him ahead of all others in our lives.