IT ALL BELONGS TO GOD!
"And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Host. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of Host." Haggai 2:7,8
AT HIS TABLE:
Ok, I confess, my first reaction to this reading was to start singing, "Shake it up baby! Twist and Shout!" When the Isley brothers recorded this song in 1962, I'm sure they weren't thinking about God and how he will shake the nations to get what belongs to him. God is no joke! When he wants to move, we better get with the program! Here God is reflecting on the former glory of his temple and tells Haggai to give this word to Zerubbabel and to Joshua, saying look at my temple now! Do you remember how it used to be? Just look at it now! Then he proceeds to tell them to be strong and work, because he is about to do a miracle!
HERE IT COMES…
God is about to shake things up and restore his temple and his people unto their former glory. He's not playing around! The silver is his, the gold is his, and he will turn all upside down if he has to, in order to get it out of their pockets! Like a piggy bank, God is going to shake things up! He is looking at the condition of things and saying, hey! stop stealing from me by withholding your tithes and offerings. Stop resisting my Holy Spirit by not surrendering your lives to me! All souls belong to me and all silver and all gold is mine! When we surrender to God then he will work a miracle in our life.
"The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the Lord of Host: and in this place will I give my peace, saith the Lord of host." Haggai 2:9
BEHOLD! ALL THINGS HAVE BECOME NEW!