At the end of John chapter two, we see Jesus turning over the tables in the Temple. Jesus had anger, righteous anger. He did not want to see His Father’s house defiled.
Jesus was not worried about the feelings of those who he was rebuking. He was not worried about being politically correct. He was worried about truth and righteousness. He was worried about the perception of the Father, not the perception of man.
When the Jewish Leaders challenged His authority He stunned them by saying that if they tore down the Temple, He would rebuild it in three days’ time. Of course, He was not talking about the building they were standing in. The Temple He was referring to was His body and the future resurrection.
But the Jews did not understand. In fact, they used this quotation of Christ to mock Him at the cross.
Join David Taylor as he finishes John 2.
In Haggai’s first chapter we see a rebuke of the people of Israel for allowing the Temple to lay in ruin after their return from exile. On the surface, this seems reasonable, the Temple had been destroyed while the Jews were exiled out of the land and they did not immediately rebuild when the returned. However, they saw fit to rebuild their houses with possible lavishness.
God recognized that Israel would not rebuild the Temple without prompting. It was simply not a priority for them. They were too busy with their own endeavors to bother themselves with the Lord’s house.
There are many parallels with Israel and the Church today, particularly in America. How many times is there something that God has told us to do but we put it off? We put it off out of fear or perhaps inconvenience. We have other pursuits. Jobs, hobbies, family, the list goes on and on. Meanwhile, the Kingdom of God is waiting. It is waiting to be staffed with the people of God. It is waiting for a generation to rise up and do the Lord’s work.
This does not mean that we have to give up everything and go into full time ministry. But there is something for everyone in the church to do. What are your gifts and talents? What can you do for God’s glory in His house?
It is time to build the Kingdom!