Ezra 3: 10-13 & Haggai 2:9
Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now?
From the garden of Eden God had wanted intimacy with man. God instituted the temple as the most holy place to develop relationship with man.
In the days of Solomon, when the temple was erected and God was pleased with it – a place marked by divine order and beauty – His presence and glory filled it. The presence of God was tangible and no one could minister.
However, the people were careless with this glory and were taken into captivity and the temple destroyed.
When the temple was later rebuilt, it looked different and those who were old enough to remember the glory of Solomon’s temple wept because the new temple fell so short of the splendor of Solomon’s. But, the younger ones who only saw the remnant of Solomon’s temple, were rejoicing over their new temple.
The only thing the older and younger folks had in common was the foundation. The foundation of the new temple was the same as Solomon’s and it is the foundation of the temple that is very important.
As great as the Early Church was, it was only the beginning of what God is doing. When He finishes His house it will have a greater glory than the Early Church. We haven’t seen the finished product yet! The Lord declares “peace” in this latter house.