Hg1 v1 Prophetic words for specific people at specific times, given by someone else. God, we hold the but-if-not first, but we also ask for such words spoken into our lives to guide us. People will say that it is v2 not the right time, not-in-your-first-year-of-marriage, but maybe God has other ideas, maybe this is the right time...but God, we ask you to speak it, as you do to Zeru & and Josh, through Haggai, we commit to v12 receiving & responding accordingly, as they did, whatever you say... v4 why should you live in well-built houses while the temple is in ruins? This is a word to ask how to apply, what does it speak to us here and now? What is the architectural equivalent for us? What are the practical, emotional, spiritual applications? There is surely more here than a warning against neglecting God in favour of self. As I think about this, I wonder whether the original sin here can be traced to the dichotomising of home and temple. False dichotomies, as all good philosophers know, will always lead to the overprivileging of one dimension of being over another, and subsequent reactive denials of one of these modes of being. Your body is a temple of the holy spirit, your home is your place of worship. Build your house church, and do not give power to the existential tangle of trying to weight domestic life against your songs and sacrifices to the living God, you will burn yourself our, as v5-8, pursuing emptiness, because you do violence to your body-and-soul made to worship Jesus. This is the opposite of sowing in tears & reaping in joy, the opposite of reaping 30, 60 and 100 fold. Seek first the Kingdom, which is brought into life in your worshipping-dwelling. v14 be inspired! 'cause God is v13with us.
Hg1 Mt6v32 'Therefore do not be anxious, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.' Hg1v8 'You looked for much and it came to little. And when you brought it home, I blew it away.' Mt5v6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.' Ha1v6 'You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill' Hg1v7 'Thus says the Lord of Hosts: Consider your ways' v14 'And they came and worked on the house of the Lord of Hosts' Mt24v1 'Truly, I say to you, there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down'
Hg2 God covenants to be-with and in that strength we are fearless to work to image being-with by marriage: a love where the greater glory is its latter.