What does the text say? - In the 2nd year that Darius was king the Lord spoke through Haggai to the leaders and people who had returned to Judah. He said that the reason they had been getting poor crops was because the people had not finished rebuilding the Temple, after 16 years, but had concentrated on beautifying their own homes – so they went back to working on the Temple. A month later the Lord said, through Haggai, He was with them to strengthen them and they had nothing to fear. The Lord said He would fill the new Temple with treasures and greater glory than the former building had. Then He said everything the people had done for Him was defiled by their Sin but from that day when they did His Will, He would Bless them and He would honour Zerubbabel.
Application? – Is my time and money spent beautifying my home or fulfilling the task the Lord has given me? The Lord will give me the strength of body and mind to do what He requires of me. Is my work for the Lord connected to physical or spiritual beauty? Could what I do for the Lord be defiled by my Sin?
Quote:- (David Pawson)” God had delayed the rain because the people were building a consecrated Temple but were un-consecrated as they were doing it. Dirty people building a clean Temple made the new Temple dirty in God’s sight. They thought they were Godly because they were building the Temple, but they were actually contaminating the Temple in God’s sight because they were not putting their lives right. . . They put it right and the rain began next day. The Word from the Lord was ‘From this day I will Bless you’, because they acted on the message.”