Haggai 1:4

Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?

This verse sums up the message of Haggai, a prophet living among gloomy, dispirited Jews who had returned from the Babylonian Exile to find their city a pile of rubble, their Temple a heap of stones and their future a bleak blank.  They set about Taking Care of Numero Uno.  Haggai's task was to remind them that God's Temple, not their dining room set, was Numero Uno and that they should, as a later prophet would say, "Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you as well."

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a Catholic author, blogger, and speaker.

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