“Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Consider your ways! 8 Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified,” says the LORD.”
In the book of Corinthians, Paul tells the church that they are the temple of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19,20). This meant something to the Christians who knew the passage in Haggai. You see, the temple served a purpose. At the beginning of the United Kingdom of Israel, the ark of the covenant rested in a tent. That tent served a purpose to remind the people that God’s presence was with them. Some years later, Solomon built the majestic temple that would serve as an icon to worship God. For a while the temple was attacked and damaged. During the wars, they would rebuild it again just to have it destroyed later. It was completely destroyed by the Babylonians in the year 586 BC. Now the temple is about to be rebuilt and God is asking the people to rebuild it for a purpose.
Sometimes we can feel like the old temple of Jerusalem. We have been damaged. We are at the point where we could feel destroyed. Now is the time to rebuild the temple. It’s time for us to rebuild the place where God is praised and glorified. God is glorified when we do what pleases Him. Let’s focus on constantly rebuilding our temple and do the things that please Him.