Surpassing Glory

In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the LORD came by the hand of Haggai the prophet: “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say, ‘Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes? Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the LORD. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the LORD. Work, for I am with you, declares the LORD of hosts, according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts. 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.’”
Haggai 2:1–9
Surpassing Glory
The temple of Solomon was known through the world for its grandeur and beauty. Nothing was as marvelous in all the world. Yet even this monument did not last and eventually laid in ruin. It would be rebuilt as the Lord came to His people and gave them the strength to accomplish His task. Yet today, nothing more than a few foundation stones are left of this once great temple. The Lord had encouraged His people to continue their work of rebuilding the temple with the assurance that He would be with them and that in the future, the glory of this house would be greater than the first temple. At times we can become discouraged thinking that God’s Church and the preaching of His Word count for nothing in this world. Yet the Lord assures us that it is here in His church where we find our greatest treasure: forgiveness of sins and peace in Christ our Savior. For in Christ, we have the true Temple of God, which surpasses all the glory and wonder of buildings made by men. We give Him thanks and praise for establishing His glorious Church and for the peace that she proclaims.
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