December 18, Reading 2 – Haggai 2

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SAA Notes

Both David’s heir and the High Priest are addressed. It is their responsibility to build the Temple. What was preventing them? What prevents us from building that spiritual house of the Lord? 1 Peter 2:5 We are both kings and priests to God! Revelation 1:6

SJA Notes

There are many good and uplifting truths from this passage. We’ve got Zerubbabel the heir of David, who points to Jesus (the greater Son of David). We’ve got Joshua, the high priest, who points to Jesus (our great High Priest).

One truth that pulses bright and clear is that of the glory of God’s house.

Yesterday we read of God’s zealousness and jealousy for His House (His People, living stones).

Today we read, “The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the LORD of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the LORD of hosts.”

What is the final outworking of this for us?

It’s that wonderful vision and hope of glory!

From Revelation 21, “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Who is the bride? Paul tells us clearly it is the church, with our King Jesus as the Bridegroom.

And it is a place of peace! We ready on in Revelation, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

God’s message is the same throughout His word, in the Old and New Testaments.

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!* Merciful Father,

* Merciful Father,

Thank You that we can look forward to glory, where the glory of Your House will be made clear, a beautiful bride adorned for her husband.

Thank You that there, in this new heavens and new earth together, there will be PEACE.

Amen.

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.