Day 256

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Haggai 2:1-9; Zechariah 1:1-6; Haggai 2:10-19; Ezra 5:2; Haggai 2:20- 23; Zechariah 1:7 – 5:11

Travis Groat, Technical Arts Director

There were several parts of the reading today that jumped out at me. Haggai 2:7 was one of these. It states, “’I will shake all the nations, and the treasures of all the nations will be brought to this Temple. I will fill this place with glory,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

The verses before this speak about the current temple’s beauty not matching the beauty of the temple built by Solomon. Solomon’s temple was destroyed in 586 BC; the temple being referred to in these passages was started in 535 BC. It was finished after many delays in 515 BC.

What stood out to me was how much God wanted His presence to dwell among the people. How great His desire is for the people of Israel. It amazes me how great God’s desire is for us. It is only when our pride or desire for our own selfish desires gets out of check that we see God step in and give corrections. If we are really honest, it’s for our good but our pride gets in the way. We are no different in this respect from the people of Israel that we are reading about throughout these passages.

If we today and in each moment step back from our pride and selfishness and reach out for God, He is there waiting. If we continue on that path He will do things we never dreamed were possible in and through our lives.

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2 responses »

  1. Zechariah 3:1-6 is one of the places that was pointed out to me as an example of how to read the Old Testament. The key is: doctrines are given by discourse in the New Testament, but they’re acted out in the Old Testament. The vision of Joshua the high priest is acting out Justification. The dirty clothes were removed (forgiveness) and clean clothes were put on (justification). This key really opened up the Old Testament to me and demonstrated again that the Bible is one book by one Author Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

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