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Haggai 2:8, 9

by Don Costello  
5/20/2008 / Bible Studies

Haggai 2:8

The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

1. Clearly, "the glory" the prophet is referring to is material wealth.

Haggai 2:9

The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former, saith the LORD of hosts, and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

1. "The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former,"

a. As has been already covered, "the glory" refers to the material wealth, the outward adornment of the Temple.

b. In Alfred Edershiem's book, Bible History, there is a footnote, #29 in Chapter 6 that says, "Comparing the Temple of Solomon with that of Herod, the latter was of course much superior, not only as regards size, but architectural beauty."

c. When Herod built the Temple, he enlarged the Temple built in Haggai's day. The construction commenced in 19 B.C and finished in 27 A.D. According to John 2:20, it took 46 years. A couple interesting facts to think about is that while the Temple was being constructed, Jesus was born, and this same Herod who was building a magnificent Temple to glorify God, had the male infants at Bethlehem slaughtered, Matthew 2:16. Approximately the same time that Jesus began his ministry, the Temple was completed. Considering the time and effort put into building the Temple, it is no wonder that Jesus disciples were so impressed with the Temple, Mark 13:1, 2.

d. Gordon Lindsay, Did Politics affect Jesus, "within 40 years (approx.) after the disciple had pointed out to the Lord the marvels of this great structure, the whole edifice was consumed by fire,the soldiers of Titus who looted the city, tore one stone from the other in an effort to recover the gold, which by reason of the great heat, had melted and ran down between them."
2. Did it surpass Solomon's Temple?

a. Spiritually it does surpass, if it refers to the 2 dispensations, Hebrews 3:5, 6; 2 Corinthians 3:7-11.

b. Remember, Jesus walked in this Temple many times, Luke 2:41-49; Matthew 21:12-16.

1). This is following the Apostle Paul's example of showing the allegory of the two covenants, Galatians 4:22-26.

2). But again the context is not referring to spiritual but material wealth. Because of that I personally believe the great transfer of wealth is referring to Israel, in the Millennial reign of Christ and the perfect age after the Millennial reign.

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

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