For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.'” (Haggai 2:6-9 ESV)
Haggai preaches during the of the return of the exiles to encourage them to rebuild the temple. In chapter 1 he explains that their work is yielding little because the House of the Lord remains in ruins. God’s house must take priority. This is reflected in the Great Commission we receive from Christ as well. It is a commission that must take priority over all others. In fact, it is a commission that should shape all others.
The verse above helps is to see the great significance of the rebuilding of the temple. It serves as a type of the work that the church is to do. We “exiles” are to see God shake the nations as he draws people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Him through the preaching of the gospel. This will build His house, the one of “living stones” that will far exceed the glory of the former house built in the time of the Old Testament.
Lord, may we embrace this Great Commission and see the significance of this Great House.