Economy and Haggai

The book of Haggai is God’s rebuke to the Israelites for focusing on themselves, their pleasure and their houses while ignoring the House of the Lord, His Temple.

Believers today are the Temple of the Lord.

Ephesians 2:19-22 (ESV)
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
20  built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone,
21  in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord.
22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (ESV)
16  Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

We believers in America seem to have allowed the Temple, our bodies and the Church, to become run down and defiled with sin.  The Lord will rebuke and punish us for doing so.  Does it not appear that our wages are put into a bag with holes in it?  Maybe the Lord is blowing away our wages for having the wrong focus.

Haggai 1:6 (ESV)  You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.

Haggai 1:9 (ESV)  You looked for much, and behold, it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away.

Something to ponder upon. 


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