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Devotional Thought : Haggai 2:9

September 10, 2005

“The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house … And in this place I will grant peace …” Haggai 2:9

Before the exile, God promised his people. “When the seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfil my gracious promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you … plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:10-11). But not everyone returned to Jerusalem, not everyone was there to build the new temple. It had been seventy years, some would have died, some would be too old and some simply chose not to leave Babylon.

After their return, we read that the foundation for the new temple was laid. “And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid. But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy” (Ezra 3:11-13). Some wept, with all new things there’s a letting go of the past. We mourn our losses so we can move on to the new thing God is doing. Some shouted with joy. There was still a lot of work to be done, after all, only the foundation had been laid. Yet there was much reason to rejoice. God had promised a greater glory in this new temple than in the old one.

Likewise, God’s promise is to grow us to a greater degree of glory (2 Corinthians 3:18) and grant us peace.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

4 thoughts on “Devotional Thought : Haggai 2:9”

  1. yeah thats a good little picture of people getting upset over change from old to knew, especially since the old temple looked so good, i mean how could you improve on it. God did by revealing a greater Glory there.
    kinda also shows, it is what is on the inside that counts, and how the people of old had missed the whole point of the temple, and that God probably didn’t really care if the new one didn’t look as spectacular as the old one. That wasn’t of great value to him.

  2. yeah thats a good little picture of people getting upset over change from old to knew, especially since the old temple looked so good, i mean how could you improve on it. God did by revealing a greater Glory there.
    kinda also shows, it is what is on the inside that counts, and how the people of old had missed the whole point of the temple, and that God probably didn’t really care if the new one didn’t look as spectacular as the old one. That wasn’t of great value to him.

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