The Stars of Christmas Advent Devotional – Week 1 – Sages of the Ancient Book

Sunday, December 6, 2015

day 7 verse

Today’s Scripture Reading

Haggai 2:1–10 (ESV)

1 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, 2 “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, 3 ‘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? 4 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, 5 according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. 6 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. 7 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. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. 9 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.’ ” 10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet,

Today’s Quote:

“When they realized that the work of their hands was far inferior to the temple that was built by Solomon, the repatriates became pessimistic about their efforts. Haggai assures them that “the glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former” (v. 9) because “the Desire of All Nations” shall come to it (v. 7). The latter phrase may mean that all which is desirable and valuable among the nations shall be brought into the temple (cf. Is. 60:5, 11). Some have estimated that the gold inlay alone in Solomon’s temple was worth over $20,000,000. There is no question that the Lord could bring in the precious metals and stones (v. 8; cf. Ps. 50:12), but Haggai’s message means more than that. Jewish tradition and early Christian literature identify “the Desire of All Nations” as the Messiah. Although Zerubbabel’s temple was probably leveled to the foundations during Herod’s renovation, a continuity exists between the two so that they are both designated as the second temple. Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate, set foot on Herod’s temple; and witnesses saw and experienced God’s glory in Him (John 1:14–18). The promised peace was effected at Calvary (Col. 1:20), is experienced by the Christian (Rom. 5:1; Phil. 4:7), and is ultimately found only in the Person of the Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6, 7).” Believers Bible Commentary