A Daily Word from the Word for Monday, January 7, 2013
“‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.” –Haggai 2:9
What a wonderful Promise! The latter days of God’s children will be greater than our former days! Wish you could have a different life, my brother? Wish you could have a “do over, ” my sister? Well, guess what? You can! As one who is reconciled with our Heavenly Father through the Precious Blood of Jesus, we become a new creature (2 Corinthians 5:17), we are given a new name (1 John 3:1, Revelation 2:17), all things have passed away and become new (2 Corinthians 5:17), the former things are gone and God does a new thing in us (Isaiah 43:8), and we are given a new life— one that will be much greater than our former (former being before we met and accepted Jesus!)
Now, I must warn you my fellow travelers, that there are many who try to come against this verse retorting that what I am saying here is a misuse of Scripture, that this was a specific promise to the Prophet Haggai, or they will tell you that the “temple” was a literal temple and taken out of context by being applied to the lives of people. These individuals who will try to come against this verse usually are descendants of either the Tribe of Miserable-ites or the Tribe of Hater-ites (yes, I am being a bit sarcastic, but my characterization is true; and yes I am joking- these tribes don’t literally exist; but they do figuratively! :-) ).
While there are Promises in the Bible that are specific to individuals and not transferable, this Promise is for all who become children of the Most High Father. The translation of this verse and all the way through to verse 19 references people, lineage, and nations; therefore, not specific to one person alone.
In addition, it is indisputable that the God we serve is a God of Redemption, a God of Restoration, and a God who wants to give good gifts to His children. The Bible is bursting at the seams with these Promises of God! A God who assures us that He will make up to us double of what was lost or taken from us! While this is not (and should not be) our motivation to fall in love with our Father, these are undeniable and unstoppable extra-added benefits. Why? Because we serve and are in covenant with a God of Provision! We walk in the constant overflow of God’s More-than-Enough!
The Hebrew word for “temple” as used in this verse is bayith (bah-yith) which means “a house, a family, great as would contain, from within” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). This word comes from another Hebrew word banah (baw-naw) which means “to literally and figuratively build.” Did you catch that? Literally and figuratively! Not literally or figuratively, but “and” meaning that both conditions must be true! While yes, this reference is made to a literal temple (and actually is referring to many future literal temples); and the “former” is referring to the temple of Solomon, it also has a double meaning— a figurative meaning, representing the living bodies of the children of God who house God’s Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19), our families, and our lives!
You can’t build a literal temple with figurative materials; ergo, this word is as figurative as it is literal! Praise the Living God! This reference to “temple” is no different, in terms of having the double representation of literal and figurative, than John 2:19 where Jesus said “destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Jesus is referencing the literal temple, but He is also referencing Himself as the temple.
The Hebrew word for “glory” is kabod (kaw-bode) which means “splendor.” When I think of this word in relation to this verse; I think of, in the morning, when I look out my windows and see how the splendor and magnificence of the sun falls upon, touches, and rests on top of the corn in the fields that surround our house. It is such a breath-taking and amazing scene! Many times, I will sit in my study with my coffee in hand and just gaze in awe and amazement at how the sun transforms and brings to life these dead ears of corn.
So it with us and our lives, my brothers and sisters! When we become a child of the Most High King, God’s Splendor, His Glory, rests upon and touches our dead lives, transforming our beings with radiant beauty and breathtaking brilliance. Our latter days cannot help but be greater than our former days, not because of anything in us, but because the Glory of God rains upon and touches every area in us and every part of our lives.
With God, it matters not how we start, but how we finish. For our God is a God of Finishing. God wants us to finish well. And because we serve a God who promises us greater latter days than our former days, we can’t help but to finish well.
The Hebrew word for “place” is maqowm (maw-kome) which means “to stand in a spot.” God promises us that all we have to do is stand in a spot, stand in His Presence, His Temple, and He will give us peace, which is “shalom”; and means His Safety, His Happiness, His Welfare, His Prosperity, His Favor, His Friendship, His Health, His Rest, and Himself Wholly (Strong’s).
Are you seeing this beautiful and magnificent picture, sons and daughters of the Radiant Creator? The stalks of corn are privileged to have the golden rays of the sun adorn them with splendor, only by virtue of being in the location of the field. We and our lives are adorned with the Golden Rays of the Father only by virtue of being in the field of our Precious Savior. For it is there, that His brilliance transforms our lives as our destiny is danced upon by the Splendor of our Father who contains the fullness of our latter days.
Father, thank you for causing our latter days to be so much greater than our former days! Thank you for your Splendor coming down, touching, and dancing upon our lives causing them to radiate. Thank you most Holy Father that we stand in Your Field of Protection, Your Field of Love, Your Field of Prosperity, Your Field of Health, Your Field of Peace, Your Field of Joy, and Your Field of More-than-Enough! We call forth your latter rain to pour down on us right now. Drench us and drench our lives with the Splendor of Your Latter Rain. We thank you for doing this amazing work in us and in our lives. And we thank you in the Name of Your Most Radiant Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen.
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to allow the Splendor of God to saturate you and your life every single day by standing in His Field. Choose to bask in the Presence of Your Most Holy Father and dwell in His Temple by spending time with Him and in His Word every single day. Choose to confess, decree, declare, and thank your King every single day for your glorious, abundant, and amazing latter days. And continue to fight the good fight of standing still in the Field of Latter Days; for God, your Radiant Splendor, has already given you the victory!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart who needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.
All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2012, unless otherwise noted.