Haggai 2:1-9, On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’ “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine, and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘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.”
I'm not sure how this will go, but this is what I'm given, so I tend to go with it.
The temple is gone. For those who had seen the temple in all its glory, I'm guessing that what they saw in their labor did not compare. The new foundation is almost done, but it's not the same. They are discouraged and tired. Maybe they are like we are when we can't see the finished product before we start. We are reminded that God sees the whole picture. God instructs them to, be strong, to work, and assures them that He is with them. He is just asking us to trust in His plan.
He made a covenant, and we are blessed. He tells us over and over not to fear, "Do not fear." We may experience a little heavenly rock and roll shakedown in our world, our lives, but He is everpresent.
Everything is His. I think this is just about the coolest gift of understanding I have. Whoever we are, everything we are, including all we accumulate belongs to Him. This takes the pressure away. It provides peace.
He then goes on to say that the present house is going to outshine the former like a gold leaf! Okay, so the scripture doesn't say outshine like a gold leaf, it just says that what we know now outshines what was in the past. I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. Matthew 12:6
I was laying down on the sofa in our backyard, and I looked up and saw this gold leaf. It was the only leaf reflecting brilliant gold. It brought me to the Haggai scripture I had read earlier.
Jesus Christ is the present. Our past is forgiven. He is the shimmer of hope for every future.
1 Corinthians 1:27-30, But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness, and redemption.
Be strong, work, he is with us!!!
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