Object Lessons

Two Buildings and Two Baskets

Objects: A picture of a dwelling house, a picture of a church, two shopping baskets, various vegetables, a yard of outing flannel dyed black, and a , piece of veneer or cardboard a yard square. (Cover one side of the veneer with flannel. Paste flannel on the back of the two pictures, and cut them in sections. Put a few withered vegetables in one basket, and fill the other with fresh vegetables.)

How would you like to help me build a couple of buildings? I have materials with which to build a house and a church. Which shall we build first?

"Build the house."

That is what the people did in the days of the prophet Haggai. They built and furnished their fine houses before they worked at building God's house.

We will build the house on this board. (The flannel on the back of the pictures will stick to the flannel on the board, holding the pieces in place.)

This is a beautiful house. Each one of us would be glad to live in such a home. I told you a moment ago that the people in Haggai's day built and furnished their homes beautifully, before they attended to the needs of God's house. The Lord punished them for this sin, by giving them poor harvests. See this basket with withered vegetables in it. It reminds us of the words of Haggai, "Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough" (Hag. 1:6). "Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house" (Hag. 1:9).

We will now take down the house and build God's house first. This is God's order. It is now proper to build the house, after God's house is completed. When the children of Israel obeyed God, they had plenty of food to eat, just as this basket is filled with food. If we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all necessary things will be given us.

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