First Things First
There must be a spirit of Awakening
Haggai’s words in Haggai 1:4 are a fitting retort to all those who have time for anything and everything except building the Lord’s house in this present evil world. They have room for pleasure and business, time for family and friends. They willingly devote long hours every day to the study of secular subjects in order to achieve their ambitions in art, science, or industry. But they have no room, no time to devote to the kingdom of God.
There must be a spirit of Trust
There must be a spirit of Revival
The first temple was resplendent in silver, gold, costly woods, and gorgeous fabrics. The new temple had little or nothing of these—and no shekinah glory. Five things were said to be lacking in this second temple: the ark of the covenant, the sacred fire, the shekinah, the urim and thummim, and the spirit of prophecy.
But the second temple had a glory that was denied Solomon’s. It had Christ. It was to the second temple that He was brought as a baby to be offered to God. It was there that as a boy He sat in the midst of the doctors. It was there that He sat and taught and revealed things hidden from the foundation of the world. It was that temple that the moneychangers defiled and Jesus cleansed, claiming that it was His Father’s house. He was the Word made flesh, of whom John wrote, “We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father” (1:14).