In our study of Haggai chapter two, we will look at the temple that was built when the Jews returned from exile. In this we will see the promise of Christ and our beautiful new home with Him.
"On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 'Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, "Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?"'" NIV translation
God sent the prophet to the leaders and to the people with His third message. The temple that they had built was not nearly as fancy as Solomon's temple and the questions that he asks point this out. We saw, in Ezra 3, how there was weeping from the older people when the foundation of the temple was laid. They had wept because they remembered how magnificent Solomon's temple had seemed compared to this rather humble new temple. They could not yet see the promised beauty of this humble house.
"'"But 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, "and work. For I am with you," declares the Lord Almighty. "This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear."'" NIV translation
God reassures the people that His Spirit is with them in the building of this humble house. He reminds them of His promise to be with them and to be their God. God reminds them that they are blessed (without worry) because His Spirit is with them. This same promise is for us as our humble bodies have become the dwelling place of the Spirit.
The call to work for Him applies to us as well. They were called to build the temple out of stone and other materials but we are called to build the temple in the hearts of our fellow men.
"'This is what the Lord Almighty says: "In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and the desired of all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory," says the Lord Almighty.'" NIV translation
This passage tells of the coming of Jesus Christ to the temple. This "little while" was over five hundred years but Jesus did bring glory (God's presence) to this humble house of God.