“The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,” says the Lord of hosts, “and in this place I will give peace,” declares the Lord of hosts.
– Haggai 2:9 NASB
The prophet Haggai – one of the twelve minor prophets – produced a short writing, only two chapters in length. Yet here in this single verse, Haggai, speaking on behalf of the Lord, describes what would make the New Testament different from the Old Testament.
It tested the faith of all Israelites in Haggai’s time to believe that God could restore Israel to the glory it had during the time of David. David led Israel against not just Goliath and the Philistines but against all the Canaanites who remained in the land as well against all the surrounding nations. So great were David’s conquests that his son Solomon was able to construct a mighty temple for God in Jerusalem, free from enemy threats. By Haggai’s time, Israel had deteriorated to the point that King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was able to completely defeat Israel and its king. How could God ever restore Israel to her former glory – much less, give it a greater glory?
The answer was the Messiah of Israel – Jesus of Nazareth. He brought a glory that was not just greater in degree, but greater in kind. That is, the glory that David brought to Israel was an earthly glory, but the glory that Jesus brought was a heavenly glory. Consequently, the glory that David brought was temporal, but the glory that Jesus brought was eternal.
David fought in the flesh, but Jesus fought in the spirit. That is, Jesus was every bit the conqueror that David was, but Jesus fought His battles in the spiritual dimension. Thus Jesus conquered His passions. Because He ignored the lusts of His flesh and lived for the will of God, He was able to vanquish the demons around Him and survive the human hatred that sought to consume Him.
The glory of Jesus Christ is greater in degree and kind than any earthly glory that could ever be achieved. And the peace He brings is to human hearts willing to receive it.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Lord Jesus, thank You for taking the purposes and achievements of David to previously unimaginable levels. We don’t wield a sword as David did, for that sort of warfare doesn’t achieve Your eternal purpose. Help us to speak words of peace today to people at war with themselves…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.