Wednesday, November 14, 2007

This Old House -- Haggai

I enjoy watching shows like, This Old House. I am amazed by the way some old homes were built and I am amazed by the work that is done to restore them to their former glory...and even better. I would love to have the knowledge and the skill of those master carpenter like Norm Abram, heck, I would just love to have the tools!

The prophet Haggai and his friends like, Zerubbabel could have used some one like Norm to help them in the rebuilding of the Temple. The reconstruction had ceased because the people kept getting harassed by their "neighbors." They found it easier to resettle in the land (having returned from Babylonian captivity) and to plant their fields and raise their families than to continue to rebuild the House of God. But alas, by turning away from God's appointed task, the LORD began to turn away His blessing from them.

I think the strong words of the LORD, "Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while the house remains in ruins? ...Give careful thought to your ways." make it quite clear the seriousness of the situation.

It is a situation that constantly looms over the House of God today.

The House of the Lord is found within us and also within the Body of Christ. He makes His dwelling within us, the living stones which He uses to build His temple. (1 Peter 2:5) And yet we, like Israel of old, seek to live in our paneled houses. Why? Maybe for the same reason Israel did, it is easier. It is easier to keep our neighbors happy, to not make waves in our culture, to just "get along with life." But sadly, that keeps the House of the Lord in ruins. It leaves His dwelling place a shamble. And as long as that is true we shall never know the fullness of the blessings God has for us.

So, here's a question for us to build upon: How can we rebuild the House of the Lord today? Big and somewhat general question, but it's a good starting point, and every building project must begin somewhere.

Got hammer?

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