December 17, Reading 2 – Haggai 1

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SAA Notes

This is the time of Ezra and Nehemiah. Iran rules from Turkey to Egypt to India. The concern of Haggai is for more than bricks and mortar. However, the physical condition of a church building is a good indicator of the congregation’s spiritual condition.

SJA Notes

Here we read of God’s jealousy for His House.

When Israel asked why He had punished them, “Why? Declares the LORD of hosts. Because of my house that lies in ruins, while each of you busies himself with his own house.”

We know that Jesus opened our eyes further to what God’s jealousy for His House means.

Because what is His house but living stones!

Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2 that Jesus was a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious.

In Isaiah we read of Jesus, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:”

This is our King, the cornerstone. He is the foundation and the root and the cornerstone of God’s House – His people.

But what of us?

Haggai was convicted of the importance of taking care of God’s house.

Peter goes on to say, “… You yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house,”

We are living stones! We are part of God’s house, the building!

So what are we doing to take care of it? 

* Gracious Father,

Your Word is clear – Jesus is the cornerstone of Zion, a living stone rejected by men, but in Your sight chosen and precious.

Thank You that we join with Jesus in being living stones, through Him.

Please convict us and guide us in our care for one another, brothers and sisters, as living stones together, being built up as a spiritual house.

Amen.

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