The Book Of Haggai | Haggai 1:1-11 - Haggai's First Message
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Haggai 1:1-11 (KJV) In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, 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. Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD. 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. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.
The Lord gave Haggai five messages to preach to Judah. This first message dealt directly with the current state of the people. God deals with what they have been saying and doing, and then he demonstrates the consequences of this approach to life.
These people spent seventy years in captivity because they failed to worship God in accord with his word. When seventy years were accomplished, the Lord sent them back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple and restore the faithful worship of their God. As we previously noted, they started strong only to lose motivation when trouble arose. Thus just a few years into their return, Judah descended back to the attitude of indifference that previously stirred God’s wrath. They were living as though Babylon was a distant memory and God’s wrath could not be stirred again. The Lord raised up Haggai to correct that error.
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