Haggai 2:1-9 In the seventh month, on the twenty-first of the month, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying: 2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying: 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing? 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. 5 ‘According to the word that I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt, so My Spirit remains among you; do not fear!’
6 “For thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘Once more (it is a little while) I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; 7 and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. 8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. 9 ‘The glory of this latter temple shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
Discouragement (v. 1-3)
They were comparing the temple that they were building with Solomon’s temple
Haggai 2:3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? In comparison with it, is this not in your eyes as nothing?
Ezra 3:12a But many of the priests and Levites and heads of the fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this temple was laid before their eyes.
Pictures of mansion and shack
The work was hard
The people questioned whether it was worth it to continue on in the work
Encouragement (v. 4-9)
The challenge: be strong and do the work
Haggai encouraged the Israelites with a reminder of God’s presence
Haggai encouraged the Israelites because of God’s promises
They were promised that Jesus would come
The glory of the temple was not up to the people of Israel – it was up to God
Haggai 2:8 The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts.
We need to obey and leave the results up to God
Haggai encouraged the Israelites by reminding them that God would bring ultimate peace
Their responsibility was to obey – to be strong and do the work
God calls us to do the same