The Temple Motif in the Book of Haggai: A Call for Theocentric Perspective and Priorities in the Post Modern and Technological World

  • Andresito P Fernando Adventist University of the Philippines
Keywords: Eschatological Hope, God’s Sovereignty, Theocentric Perspective, Generation Z, Generation X, Millennials, Temple Motif


The temple motif in the Book of Haggai offers timeless truths that remain relevant to everygeneration of its readers. The Jews, coming from their exile, initially did fairly well inrebuilding their city and their temple in Jerusalem. However, things turned from good to badwhen the experience of perennial hardships, economic considerations, and self-centerednessaffected the lives of the Jewish returnees. Not only did the Jews lost their interest inrebuilding the temple, but their theocentric perspective had been lost and was replaced bymisdirected priorities. It was in this setting that Haggai delivered his message. Utilizingexegetical method and synthetic analysis of the Book of Haggai, this study presents thetheological concept of the temple theme in Haggai and relates it to the contemporary time.The purpose of this study is to find parallel concepts that make the message of the Book ofHaggai relevant to the present time. The contemporary period that is characterized by moral,political, and economic chaos seems to diminish Christian’s sense of the sovereignty andpresence of God who is able to provide during difficult times. On the other side is thecontinuous resurgence of post modernism, secularism, human-centered ideology, and rapidadvance in technology that leads the present generation to a paradigm shift from Godcentered way of life to self-centeredness. Generations belonging to the “Millennials,”“Generation X,” and “Generation Z,” that dominate the present era appear to share somebasic commonalities - they are digital natives, immersed in technology , internet enthusiasts,and rigorously preoccupied by personal achievements. These mindset appear to placereligion at the backseat.This study found out that the temple motif in the Book of Haggai assures every Christiansthat God does not leave His people during difficult time. However there is a call for decisiveaction to make God the center of their life and their priorities. Positive response to themessage of Haggai has a far reaching repercussion - God’s blessings in the present life andthe eschatological hope in the coming Kingdom of God.
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Fernando, A. (2019). The Temple Motif in the Book of Haggai: A Call for Theocentric Perspective and Priorities in the Post Modern and Technological World. Abstract Proceedings International Scholars Conference, 7(1), 2020-2032.