I Will Fill This House with Glory
Dr. Tony Chute, Lead Pastor
Overview: The book of Haggai opens with a call for God’s people to place Him first in their lives by completing construction on the second temple. This project was necessary because the first temple had been destroyed, and the encouragement to continue was necessary because the post-exilic remnant had given their attention to more immediate needs. The Lord captured their attention by preventing them from enjoying the fruits of their labor and motivated them to resume building the temple by assuring them of His presence and pleasure. The completion of the second temple, however, received mixed reviews in comparison to the first temple. The Lord thus assured His people that He would improve upon this temple immensely with His glory and in His time, such that it would far exceed the previous temple. Their responsibility then, like ours today, was to continue living faithfully before the Lord in joyful anticipation of His mighty works to come.