Haggai 2:3-8 "…to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong...all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty.5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’
6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more SHAKE the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will SHAKE all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will FILL this house with GLORY,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
Who saw this house in it's former glory? It is nothing- once all of those things are shaken down. The silver and gold-- everything we have, everything we are, belongs to God. That may seem scary, or harsh. But there is HOPE. The GLORY of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house. We are that house. We are His house. We are carriers of His presence. Our bodies, our lives. He may be shaking things all around us and off of us, anything hindering His glorious work in our lives. But He is making us NEW. Making all things new. As He makes things new, us new, He is doing more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. And in this place (in us) He will grant peace. He declares it. He is filling us with Himself. His presence. Imparting Himself to us. "And I will FILL this house with GLORY." Let us be FILLED with HIS glory, for HIS glory. Shine bright in us JESUS.
"If I have YOU, I have everything. But without You, I have nothing"- Kari Jobe song off of new Majestic album.
We are His remnant (verse 3). A people set apart to be saved by God. To stay with God. We are 'engraved on the palm of His hand.' (Isaiah 49:16)
20 The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 21 “Tell Zerubbabel governor of Judah that I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. 22 I will overturn royal thrones and shatter the power of the foreign kingdoms. I will overthrow chariots and their drivers; horses and their riders will fall...
23 “‘On that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will take you, my servant Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will make you like my signet ring, for I have CHOSEN YOU,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
What is means to be GOD'S 'SIGNET RING':
"Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an **engraved** emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. In1 Kings 21:8, the evil Queen Jezebel took King Ahab’s signet ring and “wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal.” The ring’s stamp gave her letters the king’s authority. In Daniel 6:17, a signet ring was used to seal a stone covering a lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” A royal signet ring is also featured inGenesis 41:41-43andEsther 8:8."