In Haggai chapter one, the Lord tells Haggai to tell the high priest and the governor of Judah that the temple is in disrepair and needs to be taken care of. This is taken place after the Babylonian captivity and the temple of the Lord is in ruins. Haggai tells the people that they work and accomplish nothing and that the money they make is gone as quickly as it is earned. Everything they do is done in futility because nothing can be accomplished while the Lord’s temple is in disrepair. Everyone is caught up in their own lives, even though they cannot progress, while they forget about and neglect the Lord’s house. The crops are dying and the heavens withhold rain while the temple is in disrepair. After Haggai’s wake up call the governor and the high priest tell the people and they get to working on the house and fear the Lord. Once the people start caring for the temple the Lord tells them that He is with them and that they will be cared for like the temple.
This first chapter of Haggai is a story about the Lord speaking to Haggai to speak to those in Judah to care for the temple and not be focused on their own lives. However, it can also be a lesson that we can learn from. In the New Testament we see that our body is a vessel as well as a temple. When saved we receive the Holy Spirit and our body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Paul says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (NIV)” Since we hold the Holy Spirit in us, it would not do us well to be like the people of Judah and let the temple decay both morally and physically. We will live in futility just like the Judeans if we let the temple lie in ruins.