Where Are You Spending Your Money?
Please join me this evening at 5pm EST for a live stream of the Haggai survey.
Where are you spending your money? That is the issue that is holding back the rebuilding of the temple. William Hendrickesn summarizes this way, “Haggai, in arousing the people to resume their work, appealed to the will, the emotions, and the reason (1:7-11); and his exhortation had the desired effect: three weeks after the first prophecy was uttered everybody was busy rebuilding the temple (1:15). It was finished four years later, about the year 516 B.C. (Ezra 6:15). A second prophecy was necessary in order to encourage those who deplored the insignificant aspect of the new building, even in its beginnings, as compared with the temple of Solomon. The prophet declares that Jehovah will shake the nations so that their precious things, silver and gold, shall fill the house. In fact, “the latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says Jehovah of hosts; and in this place will I give peace, says Jehovah of hosts” (2:6-9).”1
1 William Hendricksen, Survey of the Bible: A Treasury of Bible Information (Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 1976), 272.