The Word of God comes: “The Word of the Lord came” (1:1)
A clear order of priorities seems to rise from the book of Haggai. Right away we see the Lord clearly stating the mindset of the people…”the time has not yet come to rebuild.” They seemed to have their plan of what should come first, and it was not to build the temple! The people, upon their return to Jerusalem wanted to settle. They were sent home 70 years later, most barely remember Jerusalem being their home, yet they returned. They were sent with provisions and supplies. They were sent with a purpose.
Yet when they returned, their to do list, according to the Lord, did not have rebuilding the temple at the top! I wonder what was at the top of their list? Was it to get settled, see to their families and their homes? Was it to make sure they had everything they needed for a new life? Was it gathering their belongings from Babylon and set out to make beautiful home in their new found freedom? I cannot blame them as I often think about my needs before any need of the community…but maybe that was the problem, the ruins that needed rebuilding were the house of the Lord and they viewed the temple as the community need, not the command of the Lord? Can you hear them saying…”Oh we will get to that next!”
The text specifically states, “then the word of the Lord came.” The people falsely believe it is not time yet, they have their own plan, they have a priority list BUT then the Word comes to them. To me, every time in scripture I see the “Word of the Lord came”…I am struck with sobering thoughts of God’s power and persistence. He knew their thoughts, He saw their efforts, He heard their priorities….and His word came to them. He comes. He always comes. No matter where our hearts are…He will always come!
Somehow my mind goes drifting to a picture of words floating across the sky and resting in their view or maybe even hitting them upside the face! His Word, His living Word, the very breath of His being (2 Timothy 3:16) comes to us. Just as it came to them. Jesus is the word that came, comes, and is to come! These words that came and confronted not just their actions and thoughts but their deep motivations of the heart. I find it awesome that He always addresses the motivations of hearts, we think the issue is rebuilding the temple and He cuts right to the heart of the matter…. I want to be your priority. I want to be with you! My Word comes.
What are the motivations of your heart as your prioritize your day, your year, your life? Where do you incorrectly say, “I will get to that next?”
The Word comes, every day, every minute…do we hear it?