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Today’s slice of the Bread of Life, the Word of God, comes from Haggai 1:1-11:
I will read it in the New Life Testament version of the Bible because I so believe that it is God’s message to us today that I want it in today’s vernacular, that it may be heard by those who do not have yet their spiritual ears. Also I will give my comments after each verse. Haggai 1:2-4:
This is what the Lord Almighty says: The people are saying, “The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house – the Temple.” Since they thought that the seventy years spoken of by Jeremiah were not yet completed, then it would be useless to attempt to rebuild God’s temple, as instructed, until that period had arrived. But, from the beginning of the last siege of Jerusalem unto this time, precisely sixty-nine years had been completed. So the Lord sent this message through the prophet Haggai: “Why are you living in luxurious houses while my house lies in ruins?” In other words, if the time has not yet come to rebuild the temple, it should not be time for you to build yourselves comfortable houses!
Remember, the foundation of the temple had been laid fourteen years before, with some considerable progress made in the construction; and it had been lying waste in that unfinished state. Question: Are we today building fine church buildings but neglecting the rebuilding of the present temple of God…within ourselves? What did Paul say to the Corinthian church? “Know ye not that ye are the Temple of the Holy Spirit?” Which brings me to the title of today’s message: “It is Time to Rebuild His Temple.” Haggai 1:5-6:
This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider how things are going for you! Consider your ways. You have planted much but harvested little. You have food to eat, but not enough to fill you up. You have wine to drink, but not enough to satisfy your thirst. You have clothing to wear, but not enough to keep you warm. Your wages disappear as though you were putting them in pockets filled with holes!
I believe that today God is saying that He will not bless any labor of our hands today, unless we rebuild His temple and restore his worship. Which temple, Bro. Dick? Well I don’t believe He is referring to an addition to a church building or even more church buildings. He is speaking of the temple within us, that is the Holy Spirit. Haggai 1:7-9:
This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider how things are going for you! You hoped for rich harvests, but they were poor. And when you brought your harvest home, I blew it away. Why? Because my house lies in ruins, says the Lord Almighty, while you are all busy building your own fine houses. You made great pretenses at first; but they are come to nothing. Ye did a little in the beginning; but so scantily and unwillingly that I could only reject it.
He is now saying, you run every man unto his each own church—to rebuild and adorn it; and God’s temple within His people is neglected!
It also appears from the following verses that God had sent a drought upon the land, which threatened them with scarcity and famine. Haggai 1:10-11:
That is why the heavens have withheld the dew and the earth has withheld its crops. I have called for a drought on your fields and hills – a drought to wither the grain and grapes and olives and all your other crops, a drought to starve both you and your cattle and to ruin everything you have worked so hard to get.
Remember that a drought could mean many things. Perhaps tsunamis, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires, mudslides, or even loss of ability to be free…