Hello everyone; God’s word for me today is in Haggai 1:9 which says:
“9 “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.”
Why would the Lord blow away what the Israelites “brought home”, why would what they expected turn out to be little? God answers that question by saying that it was because of His house which remained in ruins, because the Israelites had made their houses and neglected the Lord’s house.
You could say that people need to stop what their doing and just serve the Lord. You could say that “you’ve got a choice to build your house, or to build God’s house.” But that’s not the main message of the Bible or of this passage. What is the main point of the passage? The main point is that we are God’s temple, we are God’s house. Or rather the main point is how we have become God’s house.
We were disconnected, cut off, from God. We were going to die, we had all of our sins and God’s wrath upon us. But God loved us so much that He sent His son, Jesus, to die for our sins! Jesus was and is perfect in every way and He took on our inequities, or imperfections, so that we could live. He completely wiped us clean of every sin that we have ever done or ever will do!
The main point of the passage is the Gospel that Jesus died and rose again to save sinners like you and me! The main point of every passage that will ever be preached is always the Gospel! Some people don’t preach the Gospel out of the passage, but the main point of every single passage is that Jesus died to save us from our sins. That’s it, no deep methodical contemplating; a little child could understand it. And yet it is the most heart wrenching, make-you-cry story that has ever been told, and it’s true. Praise the Lord that we have been saved!
What I’ve just said doesn’t mean that we can’t learn other important things from it, it’s just that those should be passing notes and the Gospel should be the main point. Too often the Gospel is a passing note and the other things are the most important. Lord-willing more churches will start to realize the importance of the Gospel!
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