The Book Of Haggai | Haggai 1:1-8 - Go Up
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Haggai 1:1-8 (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.
This passage establishes the idea that repentance, which is forsaking your views in exchange for God’s instruction, will both please and glorify the Lord. The most direct path to resolving our disobedience is to identify the Lord’s instruction regarding a matter and immediately do what is written in the word of God.
Frequently, in the Bible, our response to what God said coincides with the idea of “going up.” That is, in our state of disobedience, we have assumed a position at the bottom. And not in the sense of humility and lowliness, but rather in rebellion and obstinance.
That being said, there exist segments of societies that, at least superficially, enjoy being rebellious. They have decided this anti-God attitude, along with all its consequences, is their lot in life. This reality endures in varying degrees, from the lost soul who hates God to the carnal Christian satisfied with their carnality. It has become feasible to exist in this state of mind as the world around us labors exhaustively to remove the consequences of sin. In varying degrees, sin is made to appear wonderful, even going so far as to create philosophical ideas that identify the sinner as a victim. This victim mentality is intensified when the consequences of their sin are made manifest. The tension produces a continual battle in which the world around us departs harder and further from reality, hoping their departure therefrom will be inconsequential.
Their deliberate withdrawal from their God results in lives dominated by mass confusion, violence, crime, perversion, addiction, depression, and degradation. These are fully conscious agents who make choices, but their dreamy expectations are that these choices must come with no consequences. They are dumbfounded when they find this impossible. The Lord created the world so that righteousness (as God defines righteousness) is rewarded and unrighteousness ( as God defines unrighteousness) is painful. The Bible says: Proverbs 13:15 (KJV) Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.
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