Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 6:05AM
Living with Freaks

Of all the books of the Bible, which is your favorite?

For me, it's Haggai. But why?

We recently put a new lock on our front door. I'm in love with these locks that have keypads on them so that you can enter without a key if you know the code. It's been surprisingly helpful in churchlife because other people are in and out of our home for a number of reasons. Well, we replaced our old keypad lock with a new, even better keypad. This one holds 20 codes! When deciding what to use as our "churchlife code," Amanda suggested we base the code off of scripture verses from Haggai, since I love the book so much.

That got me thinking about how much I love Haggai.

Okay, I do admit that the fact that Haggai is largely unknown and ignored (is it really a book of the Bible, or is he making this up?) does fuel my passion for it, but my reasoning goes far beyond trying to impress my friends. So here is why I think Haggai surpasses Ephesians, the Psalms, Romans, and all the other great Biblical writings:

Haggai captures God's Eternal Purpose

God speaks a lot in Haggai
Although Haggai uses symbolism, it does not beat around the bush

Haggai is about a remnant

Haggai is short

Do you want to know what God is after on this planet? He is after a house - one made up of living stones. As 2 Peter 2:4 says: 

As you come to Him, the Living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

And I don't think there is anywhere in the Bible where God so clearly says, "Hey, I love you. I want you to be part of my house. Stop caring about your worldly matters and enter into my Eternal Purpose. I promise you won't regret it."

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