Promise of Glory - Haggai 2:1–9
Here is the timetable to date:
• Aug 29 Haggai brings a word of encouragement to recommence work on the Temple
• Sept 21 The work begins
• Oct 17 Some become discouraged and Haggai brings a second message
But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away. (Ezra 3:12-13 TNIV)
So Haggai reminds them of God’s promise to the obedient:
You will still be eating last year’s harvest when you will have to move it out to make room for the new. I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt so that you would no longer be slaves to the Egyptians; I broke the bars of your yoke and enabled you to walk with heads held high. (Lev 26:10-13 TNIV)
Two powerful statements accompany the reminder:
• I am with you!
• Do not fear!
The basic command is:
- Be strong
- Remember the power of the one you serve
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. (Matthew 24:14 TNIV)
- Remember the wealth of the one you serve
The Temple we are building is a living Temple made of living stones, built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets,
aligned with our chief cornerstone, Jesus Christ.
Do not say, "Why were the old days better than these?" For it is not wise to ask such questions. (Ecclesiastes 7:10 TNIV)
In fact, according to Haggai, the golden years are not in the past, they are in the future.
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. (Ecclesiastes 9:10 NIV)
Whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well.
• What is your ministry?
• What is your place in this church?
• Who are the stones adjacent to you?
Your dedication to the task determines it success.
God’s work has never been complete without people.
Don’t give in to low expectations.
The God who shakes the heavens and earth is in control.