The times in which Haggai lived and worked were among the most fruitful the world has ever known. He is in company with the greats, at a critical time.Top of Form
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Haggai’s times - August 29, 520 BC
Introduction of Haggai:
So what does the Lord Almighty say?
God is encouraging His people, though it may not seem that way at first.
- verse 2, God makes it clear that yes, He knows what’s going on.
- verse 4, God makes His point -- the Judeans were being selfish.
- verses 5-7, God reiterates that He knows the problems that they’ve suffered. He tells them to “Give careful thought to [their] ways”. He says it twice!
Then He tells them what they need to do to “fix it”
-- “go to the mountains, get lumber, and rebuild the temple”.
He was trying to remind them of the job they were sent to do!
In chapter 2 they get upset because
they don’t feel like what they’ve done is good enough.
Then, he makes three encouraging promises to the people:
- He reminds them of the promise He made to their ancestors. v. 5
- He promises that the Holy Spirit would remain with them. v.5
- He promises them that the temple they just built would surpass that of King Solomon! Word for word. v. 9
Has God promised something to you, but you feel like He hasn’t delivered yet? Remember that God always keeps His promises…
The only question is how and when -- and that’s the fun part.