Haggai told the people that they were unclean and that their works were also unclean. The people did as they thought was right, much as we do today, and that they could go to heaven by the works that they did. God demands obedience and faith, and then there will be works. But, no man can do good works without total faith in God.
Haggai told the people God said I am with you, and later said again my spirit remaineth among you, so fear not. The history of the original temple Solomon built was the greatest that had ever been seen. So God's people were called to rebuild the temple, and it was not as great and yet God says there is yet greater than all...
Congregational Reading: Ezra 5:1-17 *
Download Handout Notes from PDF above (includes Charles Spurgeon "Quote of the Week").
Other Scriptures Cited:
Hag 1:1; Heb 1:1; Heb 4:11-12; 1 Sam 15:22; John 14:12; Matt 24:35; Heb 10:24-25; John 13:35; Eph 2:8-10
Pastor Randy shares "Time to Rebuild!" from Haggai.
3 Elements of Rebuilding God's House:
The CONTEXT (Hag. 1:1; 2:1)
Ezra 1-6 provides a good historical background for the Book of Haggai.
Solomon's temple had been destroyed. King Cyrus gave the people of Israel permission to return to Jerusalem.
Rebuild the Temple
Resubmit to God's Leadership
Remember God's Promises
Receive and Reflect on God's Glory
The CALL (Hag. 1:2 - 1:15)
Self-Examination of priorities
The Israelites had misplaced priorities working on their own homes and neglecting the House of the Lord.
In verse 14 "So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel... the spirit of Joshua...and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people."
The COVENANT (Hag. 2:1-9)
To receive and reflect on the Glory of God, we are to REBUILD our:
"The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. `And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty." (Haggai 2:9)