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Is it wrong to live in nice houses (Haggai 1:4)?

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Question: "Is it wrong to live in nice houses (Haggai 1:4)?"

Answer:
Haggaiís prophecy condemned the Jewish people for living in nice homes, asking, ďIs it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, while this house lies in ruins?Ē (Haggai 1:4). Some have understood the prophetís question as teaching against Christians having nice homes. Is it wrong to live in nice houses?

To answer this, we must look at the original context of Haggaiís condemnation. The Jewish people had returned to Jerusalem from Babylon to rebuild the temple. Due to Samaritan opposition, the project was abandoned, and after 16 years Godís temple was still not rebuilt. Instead of working on the temple, the Jewish people built themselves ďpaneled housesĒ; panels were only used in the temple (1 Kings 6:9) and royal palace (2 Kings 7:3, 7).

The Jews had lost sight of the original plan. The temple was standing unfinished while the people built luxury homes for themselves. God sent Haggai to get the people back on track. At the prophetís prompting, the people began working on the temple once again. They completed the task in 515 B.C.

The application for us today is that we must place Godís will above our own. In the case of the Jewish people, their self-focus involved neglecting Godís temple (and therefore worship in the temple) while focusing on their own homes. There is nothing wrong with living in a nice home, but there is something wrong with neglecting Godís priorities to pursue our own. First things first, and honoring God is more important than houses or any other material thing.

Recommended Resources: Haggai, Zechariah NIV Application Commentary by Mark Boda and Logos Bible Software.

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