Although in the Old Testament Israel was restored from their captivity, they delayed building the temple of God. In Haggai 1:2, God’s Word says, “‘Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, this people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built.’ We may see here, as in a mirror, how great is the ingratitude of men. The kindness of God had been especially worthy of being remembered, the glory of which ought to have been borne in mind to the end of time. They had been restored from exile in a manner beyond what they had ever expected. What ought they to have done, but devote themselves entirely to the service of their Deliverer? But they built, not even a tent for God, and sacrificed in the open air; and thus they willfully trifled with God. But at the same time they dwelt at ease in houses elegantly fitted up. No less shameful is the example witnessed at this day among us.”
By John Calvin, “Devotions and Prayers of John Calvin;” Charles E. Edwards, ed., p. 84.