Haggai lived in a time when cheering and emboldening words were almost the one thing needful. The goal of God’s work is His glory and pleasure. Mine is the silver, and mine the gold, is the saying of Jehovah of hosts. "Consider your ways"—. (originally published 1860), James Rosscup writes "This work originally appeared in 1860. Do you live for sports? Haggai may be a contraction of Haggiah meaning "festival of Yahweh." Neither of these prophets gives the slightest hint that there has been an extraordinary change in the fortunes of Israel only some seventeen years previously; Zechariah indeed explicitly says that Jehovah has been wroth with the cities of Judah for seventy years; both prophets use language which is only explicable if they regard Persia as still the oppressor; and both look forward to the shaking of the nations by which alone the real welfare of Israel can be secured. For His final appearance was closely connected with these manifestations in great providences, as the outermost ring in the pool is but the widening of the innermost. We are managers of all that He has given us, to invest it profitably for His kingdom. The shaking began introductory to the first advent; it will be finished at the second. What was Zerubbabel’s temple/the second temple? Wolf, Herbert. Each day, the machine issues us a new coin. This was not a mere subjective feeling. OLDER EXPOSITIONS (4) What do you think about the most? Haggai and Zechariah were probably among the first exiles who returned with Zerubbabel. Numerous times Wilberforce’s life was threatened. For eighteen years, nothing was done. Number one: Is holiness contagious? Our seeking is to facilitate our coming to know Him so that we can be like Him. On the other hand the whole evidence of the Books of Haggai and Zechariah is strongly opposed to the supposition of any such return. Conservative, Literal Interpretation, CHARLES SIMEON He has interacted with much scholarship within the text and in footnotes. Take my love; my Lord, I pour He believed in life because he found that only in that belief could a man be true to himself and serviceable to others. Consider your ways. Our daily newspapers are giving us abundant evidence of this shaking process in operation. Even more to be dreaded are those mysterious destroyers—smut, bunt, rust, and mildew. A. FUTURE things are hidden from us. God usually begins things small and grows them. “And work.” Haggai said, in effect, “There is something to do, and the thing to do is to get on doing it.” R. A. Torrey used to say, “The best way to begin is to begin.”  The burden of Haggai's message was, ''I am with you, saith the Lord of Hosts'' (Hag 1:13). Consider your ways—, 1. II. But the battle wasn’t over. Those who put their prosperity above God’s house have “reasons” (excuses) for their lifestyles. 2:4)? It is possible that Haggai anticipated from these revolts the downfall of the Persian Empire. Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi are the three prophets to the restored remnant that returned from Babylon. It’s tough to keep on when problems arise or when the results don’t match your initial expectations. The students were onto him, so they said, “No.” “Good,” he replied. When He came as Redeemer it was in lowliness and weakness; but when He comes as King it will be in kingly fashion—with "great power and glory." We are to give Him the best. “From this day on I … The design of the first is to encourage them to go on with the building of the temple, though it might seem to come greatly short of … But somehow the reality seemed to come far short of this glowing prophetic hope. In other words, can we defile the work of the Lord if our own lives are unclean? "Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by?" KJ21. R.S.V. Temple Begun 536BC 1976. Expository Notes on Haggai, S R DRIVER This question can also be put this way: Can you catch holiness just by being in touch with something holy? For it is "God who gives the increase." They gave lip service to the priority of God, but in fact they lived with other priorities. Scripture references, Hebrew words, and other citations are relegated to the bottom of the page. The chronicler, he feels, added interpolations at 2:5, 9, 14, 17-19, 21-22. This was the last day of the feast of Tabernacles (Booths). He finds fulfillment of Joel 2:28 at Pentecost, yet it would help to point out some aspects that were (Rosscup), Exploring the Minor Prophets John Phillips - Rosscup on John Phillips - A respected popular expositor on a number of biblical books here has two introductory chapters, then a chapter of about 20–30 pp. Even if the cultus was resumed, immediately after the Return, by the re-erection of the altar of burnt-offering (Ezra 3:2 ff. It’s tough to persevere when your aching muscles scream, “No more!” It’s easy to get married. Conservative, Literal, Futuristic Interpretation, Rosscup: Here is an evangelical commentary well-done in 493 pp. Sample excerpt of eschatological (prophetic, apocalyptic) passage Zechariah 14:2 - "gather all nations, etc. Jesus and His Word! Haggai 2:7 I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. Haggai assured them that a greater glory than that of the past temple was to come to the house of Israel. 2. To the latter the material Temple is no more than a detail in the picture of a work of restoration eminently ideal and spiritual, and he expressly warns his hearers against attaching intrinsic importance to it. That select and goodly fellowship has had its members in all ages. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works). He reminded the people that whilst the temple of the Lord was being neglected, they had spent a lot of time on their own houses. Pause one moment, my soul, over this view of thy Jesus, and say, is He, that is the desire of all nations, thy one, thine only one desire, to which every other is subordinate, and in which every other is swallowed up and lost? 2:7 - and I will shake all nations. "by Haggai" The Hebrew text has "by the hand of Haggai" (BDB 388 construct BDB 291). The actual fact is that his holiness defines His other attributes. Haggai 2:7 Jesus Christ is the desire of all nations; people are yearning for Him, longing for Him, even though they do not know it. "He who wins souls is wise." saith the Lord of hosts. In Haggai's words, 'The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine, saith the Lord of Hosts,' we probably have a prophecy of its magnificence when adorned, at the cost of many millions, by Herod, so as to make it a glorious house, just before He whose house it was came to it, as it were in preparation for His august presence. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. The answer is emphatically, “Yes!” Leviticus 19:2 says, “You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.” Holiness is the overarching characteristic of God, and it is to be the overarching characteristic of the covenant people of God. God will grant true blessing when we put His house first from righteous lives..... , [9/93], p. 53). A desponding or despairing servant of God is a contradiction in terms. However, conversely, if we engage in the work of the Lord and our lives are defiled, is it possible the defilement is contagious? He alone can heal all our diseases: all the running sores in our social, industrial, commercial, and national life. 2. "Build the house, and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says the Lord" (v. 8). Certainly there were some old men who had seen Solomon's temple in its splendor. BOOK OF HAGGAI. These turn the ear into a mass of soot, or render it putrid, or dry up the grain, and all in a manner so beyond all human control that the farmer is compelled to cry, “This is the finger of God.” Innumerable minute fungi cause the mischief, and were it not for the goodness of God, the rider on the black horse would soon scatter famine over the land. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, for your redemption draws near. Also has a nice parallel Bible feature (see Tab = "Parallel"). The appointment of Zerubbabel may therefore have been a sop to the Jews in Babylonia and in Palestine to prevent the disaffection spreading to them. The Books of Haggai and Malachi. I. And he assures them that it is for their disregard of the urgent necessity of the hour that the heaven is withholding its dew and the earth its fruit. His eyes are not in the ends of the earth or in the far-off unknown future. HAGGAI, C I SCOFIELD Sermons, Anecdotes, Illustrations, Be a Berean - Not Always Literal especially in prophetic passages. (2) How are you spending your money, which is really God’s money? Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi are the three prophets to the restored remnant that returned from Babylon. "They dwelt in their own ceiled houses, while His house lay waste" (v. 4). They all make frequent use of the title ''The Lord of Hosts.''. Commentary on Haggai Lev. I weigh it there, and check it myself by the very rules which government will apply. The King James Version reads: “For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.” “Desire of all nations”: While some view the phrase as referring to Jerusalem (e.g., Ezra 6:3-9), it seems preferable to see a reference here to the Messiah. THE novelist S. R. Crockett says somewhere regarding one of his characters that he belonged to the great society of encouragers. Haggai affirms that its glory will consist not of silver and gold but of His presence (2:4-5), and the glory of that to come will also be His presence in it and among His people (2:7). “Desire of all nations”: While some view the phrase as referring to Jerusalem (e.g., Ezra 6:3-9), it seems preferable to see a reference here to the Messiah. Two months after the second message, Haggai spoke to the people for a third time. It must however be confessed, that, whereas there is but little confirmation of this supposition, there are many weighty reasons that may be urged against it. C H SPURGEON Haggai 2:17 - Morning and Evening, C H SPURGEON - Haggai 2:19  Faith's Checkbook From Obedience to Blessing “From this day will I bless you.”—Haggai 2:19, EUGENE MERRILL Bible Commentary for Haggai 2:7. All that is in the world at enmity with God lies in the human heart. Their reasons for discouragement: A. These verses teach us three things about persevering by turning our discouragement in serving the Lord into encouragement: This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. A Deliverer is needed. The prophets sometimes expressed deeper things than they knew, and the “desirable things” which all nations are to bring into the Kingdom of God are not to be limited to their material offerings, but include whatsoever things are true, and honourable, and just, and pure, and lovely, and of good report. Haggai spoke some 66 years after the temple was destroyed. 6 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, Yet once, it is a litle while, and I will shake the heauens, and the earth, and the sea, and the drie land. Read more Share Copy Therefore the inclusion of specific links does not indicate that we agree with every comment. Even if God sent rains today, it would take awhile to see the results on the dinner table. Haggai 2 commentary 1. Shaking Off Discouragement - Haggai 2:4: “Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,” says the LORD; “and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,” says the LORD, “and work; for I am with you,” says the LORD of hosts.       At Thy feet its treasure-store. After the shaking of the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land, after the shaking of all nations, the desirable things of all nations shall come, and the Lord of Hosts shall fill with His glory the house which the Jews had begun to rear unto Him. Paul condenses together the two verses of Haggai (Hag 2:6, 7, and Hag 2:21, 22), implying that it was one and the same shaking, of which the former verses of Haggai denote the beginning, the latter the end. Sermon on Haggai Isa. The Lord says, “From this day will I bless you.” It is worthwhile to note the day which is referred to in this promise. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. I recommend that your priority be a steady intake of solid Biblical food so that with practice you will have your spiritual senses trained to discern good from evil (Heb 5:14-note). Haggai 2:7. hag 2:7. The expression ‘stir up the spirit of’ suggests that the spirit of a man is aroused in such a way that he becomes willing to perform some task (cf. a general apathy, an abounding worldliness, or a cruel hardness of heart! As a Deliverer. 2. 2. It is a message of God’s encouragement to discouraged workers. Haggai was a prophet of the remnant of Israel and Judah that remained after the 70 years in captivity, and his task was to instruct, encourage and also rebuke after their recent return to the land. "Consider your ways. Morning and Evening And I shake all nations, and the costly of all nations will come, and I shall fill this house with glory, saith Jehovah of hosts. Hebrews 12:26 cites Haggai 2:7, followed by an explanation that, after this “shaking,” believers will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Notice the six encouragements found in these two verses: A. Courage comes from knowing that God is present (Haggai 2:1-4), 8. But it shall not end in a manner which cannot be guessed at. God encourages His discouraged servants to persevere in His work. People do need an awful lot of encouragement. C. Those who put their prosperity above God’s house are blind to God’s chastening hand. But he also knows that He uses the energies of men and makes them an integral part of His own mighty plan. in life? Those who expect great things from Him must attempt great things for Him. The books of history and memory should not only record the events of the past, but also guide and inspire their readers to face the problems of the future. (1) How are you spending your time? Haggai - Be discerning: Utley is Amillennial and replaces Israel with the Church. 42:1; Jer. And like every other true prophet, Haggai addresses himself to the urgent need of the present hour. Haggai 2:7 . The sum of these two rules of the law is, that sin is more easily learned from others than holiness. The Condition of the Nations at His Second Coming. Millennial. Commentary on Haggai Then in 520 B.C., a man called Haggai showed up and challenged the people. 3) What are your goals? Hag 2:4ff.). (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works or Logos Format), Handfuls on Purpose by James Smith, 1943 HAGGAI, Thus says the Lord of hosts, "Consider your ways" (v. 5). He will be the God-appointed and final Arbiter in all the controversies of earth. Wordiness and wandering in his discussions is another shortcoming, as in using Joel 2:28 to take off into a long discussion of clericalism. Haggai 2:8. Then he asked, “What is the point of the illustration?” One student ventured, “No matter how full your schedule, if you try hard, you can always fit more in.”. See what over 145,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. Am I completely truthful in my closest relationships, or do I put on a mask of hypocrisy through deception (Eph. The solutions to man's problems will come because He is sitting on the throne of nations. Conservative notes from Dr Morris who approaches the text seeking it's literal meaning in the context. "Consider your ways"—, 1. Commentary Critical and Explanatory The prophet is ordered to enquire of the priests concerning it ; for their lips should keep this knowledge, and the people should enquire the law at their mouth, Mal. "There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer" (Romans 11:26). God is sovereign over the nations and kingdoms of this world. He pressed on in ministry, but the feeling of powerlessness increased. 9:7; 66:12). The Palestinian section of the Jews, at any rate, looked for nothing less than full political freedom. Haggai 2:10 contains the prophet’s subsequent message of instruction. Then spake Haggai the Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the Lord.—Hag. Commentary on Haggai 1:12-15 (Read Haggai 1:12-15) The people returned to God in the way of duty. Is it not in your eyes as nothing?” From these questions we may perhaps infer with Ewald that Haggai was one of those who had seen the Temple “in its former glory,” and that his prophetic work began in extreme old age. Haggai spoke some 66 years after the temple was destroyed. The apostle Peter wrote of such a shaking in 2 Peter 3:10-13. His smile, His Spirit, His grace, His fuller revelation of His truth will all prove to us an enlarged blessing. And as one in the darkness thinks he hears the approach of an evil which he dreads, these prophets, when the sound of Jehovah’s goings was more distinctly heard than usual, deemed that what they heard was the warning of His coming to shake terribly the earth. When you have time off, how do you spend it? He sees his own and his nation’s immediate duty as clear as noonday. In 521 B.C. 3. Haggai 2 Hag 2:1 Vv 1-9: Second message: The temple to be filled with glory. Explanations of the text and the tracing of the flow of thought are competent. 12:1-2; James 5:16)? His love is a holy love. The impurity of their hearts and lives shall make the work of their hands, and all their offerings, unclean before God. Haggai 2:7 "And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts." He knows that the best is yet to be. Do I build into my life protection and accountability in order not to make any provision for the sins that so easily entangle me (Rom. Why listed? You can also select the tab for "Constable's Notes." Haggai 2:7. shake—not convert; but cause that agitation which is to precede Messiah's coming as the healer of the nations' agitations.The previous shaking shall cause the yearning "desire" for the Prince of peace.MOORE and others translate "the beauty," or "the desirable things (the precious gifts) of all nations shall come" (Isaiah 60:5, Isaiah 60:11; Isaiah 61:6). Haggai 2:12 "Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Ask now the priests for a ruling: New American Standard Version. The sum of these two rules of the law is, that sin is more easily learned from others than holiness. Watch our overview video on the book of Haggai, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Zephaniah and Haggai - Introductory Notes, Outlines. 119:9, 11)? I’ve shared before the story of the time management expert who was speaking to a group of business students. Let the mind cease from brooding, and give itself to hoping and aspiring. Put them first in your life! It’s easy to begin a new ministry in the local church. They said, "The time is not come to build the Lord's house" (v. 2). Our work then is to build this holy temple of the Lord in which He will take pleasure and be glorified. - As far as the children of Israel were concerned, they were to be holy because that was the overarching characteristic of their God. Problem passages usually draw careful remarks, as in seeing Zech 12:10 as referring to the Lord, and in a future day. ¶ For ourselves Haggai’s appeal to the barren seasons and poverty of the people as proof of God’s anger with their selfishness must raise questions. 6, 7). Why? But Haggai’s inspiration moved him in a different direction, and impartial historians contend that he took the only right, because the only possible, course, due regard being had to the circumstances of his time. “Who is left among you,” he asks, “that saw this house in its former glory? Charts from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the OT - used by permission "The wages of sin is death." Haggai assured them that a greater glory than that of the past temple was to come to the house of Israel. Unless this or that story is told in the proper spirit and interpreted by a heroic faith, it may have a depressing and paralysing effect. 4:1-11)? 21A in the New American Commentary, Old Testament Commentaries for Bible Expositors 1987-92 -James Rosscup, Haggai: Festival of JHVH: Background Introduction, The Prophets and the Promise - 433 Page Book, The Commanding Importance of the Prophetic Scriptures, Conceptions of Davidic Hope in Ezekiel, Zechariah, Haggai, and the Chronicles, Holman Christian Standard Bible - Study Notes, Search 8000 Classic Works for Amos to retrieve 100's of hits, Haggai -Intro, Date, Setting, Themes, Interpretative Challenges, Outline. Everything belongs to and is under the control of the Lord (Haggai 2:7-8), 10. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 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