Posted by: everynation | December 7, 2009

Home Construction

by Brett Fuller

The house of God is a major priority throughout scripture. It was the center of Mosaic Old Testament worship. It began as a mobile Tabernacle and was converted to a permanent structure in days of Solomon. When Nebuchadnezzar (king of Babylon) destroyed Jerusalem, the temple was destroyed with it.

In the late 6th century BC, Darius king of Persia allowed for Jewish returnees from the Babylonian exile, to rebuild the temple. Excitement was palpable, but foreign opposition and internal selfishness halted the efforts.

God then raised up Haggai the prophet. He corrected the builder’s wrong thinking and inspired new momentum by saying in Hag 1:4-8, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate? 5 …Consider your ways… 6 …he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a purse with holes… 8 Go up to the mountains, bring wood and rebuild the temple, that I may be pleased with it and be glorified, says the LORD.” His correction was intended to refocus the builders efforts and “mend” the wholes in their pockets.

When we emphasize what God prioritizes, God will then prioritize what we would have otherwise emphasized- thereby enabling us to  live right and live well.

Brett Fuller is the senior pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Chantilly, Virginia. He is also the founder of the Legacy Institute and the president and co-founder of African American Resource Ministry (AARM).

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