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Forgetting the Temple of the Lord

John Collins04/24/2012
In Haggai 1, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Haggai, and he spoke them to Zerubbabel the governor of Judah and Joshua the high priest.

The Lord spoke out against those who were consumed in their own gain, putting off the restoration of the temple while they went about their ways to profit themselves.  They dwelled in fine paneled houses while the temple of the Lord lay in ruin.

The Lord told them to consider their ways.  They had sown much and harvested very little.  They eat, but never had enough.  They drink but never had their fill.  They clothe themselves, but no one was warm.  They earned their wages, but put them in a bag of holes.  They were living in pleasure, forgetting about the Lord.  The Lord instructed them to gather wood to restore the temple, so that He could take pleasure in it and be glorified.  

The Lord said that they looked for much, but it came to little.  They brought much home, and the Lord blew it away.  The Lord said that he did so because they all busied themselves with their own house and forgot that the house of the Lord lay in ruin.

The Lord told them that because of this, the heavens withheld the dew, and the earth withheld its produce.  He called a drought on the lands, on the grain, on the new wine, the oil, and everything the ground brings forth.  The Lord withheld everything from man and beast, and on all their labors.

1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us that in the New Covenant, "your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own, for you have been bought with a price"

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  are we paying attention to the Lord's temple, which is now the body of Christ?  Do we think only of our own gain while other Christians around the world are starving?  Do we spend money "like we have holes in our moneybag" while other Christians around us struggle to even put food on their table?  As the world economy tightens, do we consider that it may be the Lord telling us to pay attention to Him?