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. 1976. Haggai 2:7 New King James Version (NKJV). New American Standard Version. on Haggai Haggai, therefore, takes no sordid view of Providence when he interprets the seasons, from which his countrymen had suffered, as God’s anger upon their selfishness and delay in building His House.       Given, indeed, but to keep for ever.       The worst kinde of infortune is this, (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works). “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. 2:15 he has “one” refer to God making husband and wife into one, and in 4:5 he thinks the Elijah will be fulfilled in one of the two witnesses in Rev. In the first [and second] [Hag 1:1-2, 3-11], he endeavored to shame the people out of their apathy in beautifying their own houses, while the house of the Lord lay waste; and he tells them that all the drought on crops and cattle had its source in this neglect [cp. GENE GETZ - short videos on principles in Haggai. He will be the God-appointed and final Arbiter in all the controversies of earth. i. Ezra 3:12-13 describes what those who had seen the first temple felt like 16 years before this prophecy of Haggai, when the work of … Watch our overview video on the book of Haggai, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought.       Room for the newly-made to live, (7) How do you spend your leisure time? "The desirable things of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory" (v. 7, R.V.). When he couldn’t put any more in, he asked, “Is this jar full?”, The class responded, “Yes.” He said, “Really?” Then he pulled out a bucket of gravel and poured it in, shaking it down through the cracks. D. He is pure in character. There is something sadly wrong where there is much sowing and little reaping. 1. Commentary on Haggai If, however, this was the intention of Darius, it was at best only partially successful. Problem passages usually draw careful remarks, as in seeing Zech 12:10 as referring to the Lord, and in a future day. He was also involved heavily in a number of missionary endeavors and in many social causes. 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the LORD; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the LORD, and work: for I am with you, saith the LORD of hosts: 5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not. He found some good things actually there, and concentrated on them—a very different matter from the brainless optimism of the blindfolded. 1. OLD TESTAMENT TIMES This is a clear reference to the future millennial kingdom that Jesus will establish when He returns at the end of seven years of tribulation. Haggai may be a contraction of Haggiah meaning "festival of Yahweh." But the birth of Christ was not heralded by a universal "shaking," but rather, we are told that there was universal peace at the first Christmas. The two questions Haggai posed were these. 21:16). Conclusion - hree times God repeats the same phrase that He repeated three times in the first section (Hab 1:5, 7): “Consider” (Hab 2:15, 18). He dumped in a bucket of sand. If it doesn’t come easy, why pursue it? B. Remembrance of former glory (Hag. We are to be Holy. “Aren’t you pretty discouraged, Tom?” she asked. ", SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY "Go, bring wood." Before proceeding to any work, we should weigh it. Notice the six encouragements found in these two verses: A. The fourth [and fifth] prophecies were addressed to Zerubbabel, and through him to Christ [Hag 2:10-19, 20-23]. Every day you exchange a day of your life for something. Resources that Reference Haggai, BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR “Be strong.” Notice that three times Haggai told them to “Be strong” (Hag 2:4). 13:14; Heb. To the prophet Haggai is given the privilege-- along with Zechariah-- of stirring the people, by his few concise words, to the work of rebuilding the Temple. AND I WILL BE GLORIFIED, THE SPIRITUAL STATE OF ISRAEL DURING Do you watch TV? Then shall His enemies lick the dust. (Compare Haggai 2:7, 8 and 22) The Book of Haggai Outline. The solutions to man's problems will come because He is sitting on the throne of nations. The Material. To put God’s house above material prosperity requires deliberate and continual effort. Watch our overview video on the book of Haggai, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. It was the Lord’s doing.… Behind the willing response of both leaders and people was the silent working of the Lord, creating a willing attitude by His Spirit.’ Thus, whereas on the one hand the obedience of the people is the condition for Yahweh’s blessing, nevertheless the people can scarcely boast of their obedience because it is Yahweh who has stirred up the spirit of the people. Sin contaminates everything one does (Haggai 2:13-14), 12. "Consider your ways"—, 1.       Man into being, stands away       And it remembren, when it passed is. 111 They had a finer sensibility than others to detect the currents of things. Finished 516BC - Ezra 6:15, Haggai Closes With The students were onto him, so they said, “No.” “Good,” he replied. He rebukes their lack of public spirit and devotional feeling. Even more to be dreaded are those mysterious destroyers—smut, bunt, rust, and mildew. Do I truly want God’s blessing on my life, on my family, and on the ministry that He has entrusted to me? Also has a nice parallel Bible feature (see Tab = "Parallel"). In attending to God's ministers, we must have respect to him that sent them. Haggai 1:2-14 The Time to Build Has Come - Excerpt (original unfortunately no longer available on web). One of the more controversial passages in the book of Haggai is 2:6,7. In other words, can we defile the work of the Lord if our own lives are unclean? Select a different Bible translation (see Tab = "Bible"). As you scroll the Bible text in the left panel, the notes are synchronized and will scroll to the same passage. 1 On the twenty-first of the seventh 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? They said, "The time is not come to build the Lord's house" (v. 2). Living wisely is difficult because often the choice is not between the bad and the good, but between the good and the best. “No,” the speaker replied, “that is not the point. 30:6), unless they were at the same time doing something for His glory. In any case the nature of Haggai’s mission was clear. Then shall be given unto Him the gold of Sheba, and daily shall He be praised. Haggai Chart from Charles Swindoll God kept His promises to them, and He will keep His many promises to you. Then the Feast of Tabernacles went from the 15th to the 21st. Clarke's Haggai 2:7 Bible Commentary And the Desire of all nations shall come - The present Hebrew text is as follows: ובאו חמדת כל הגוים. Number one: Is holiness contagious? But he chants no pathetic dirge about “a sorrow’s crown of sorrow.” On the contrary, he has the rapture of the forward view. (translation: Tagalog: Ang Dating Biblia (1905)) Bible commentary. 4:1-11)? Wesley's Notes for Haggai 2:7. Try it free for 30 days! Charts from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the OT - used by permission To the Jews it seemed that Persia was tottering, and that the Messianic era was nigh. Haggai - Be discerning: Utley is Amillennial and replaces Israel with the Church. ¶ In point of fact the practical issue of the prophetic reformation sketched in Deuteronomy had been to make the Temple the national centre still more than formerly. In Mal. He made the wrong choice! Excerpts from each sermon to give you a sense of how Pastor Cole preaches the text in hopes that you will be stimulated to read each of these four messages to supplement your personal study of the practical little book of Haggai. Letters are charged in the post office according to weight. 60:5; 61:6) in the future kingdom. He was called to continue the task of strengthening the weak hands and confirming the feeble knees, of saying to those who were of a fearful heart, “Be strong, fear not.” He was sent to communicate to Israel his own indomitable faith and unquenchable hope. Writing again to his father, he said: I sadly feel the need of tenfold grace before I can hope to be either a very happy Christian or—as a minister of Jesus Christ—a very useful one. Faith's Checkbook, C H SPURGEON "Distress of nations," and "Men's hearts failing them for fear" are the warning signals of His near approach. Certainly there were some old men who had seen Solomon’s temple in its splendor. 88-89.) Haggai exhorted them to be strong and build, for the Lord was with them, His Spirit would remain among them, and, moreover, a time was coming when the Lord of Hosts would shake the heavens and the earth, and the Desire of all nations [would] come, and His glory [would] fill the Temple, so that the glory of this latter house should be greater than that of the former, and in this place would the Lord of Hosts give peace [Hag 2:1-9]. Zechariah, writing some six months later, is less sanguine, though he too looks for the overthrow of the government. Christ in Haggai: Christ's presence in the Temple (Jn 1:1, 14, Lk 2:32b), which was further expanded and adorned by Herod, is " ‘The latter GLORY of this house will be greater than the former,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and in this place I shall give PEACE,’ declares the LORD of hosts." He that is the desire of all nations, is in himself sufficient to satisfy the desires of every living soul. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. 60:5, to which this passage may very possibly be an allusion: “The abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.”, ¶ The beautiful translation in the A.V., “the Desire of all nations shall come,” was due to the Vulgate—veniet desideratus cunctis gentibus—and suggested the great and true idea that the nations are “feeling after him if haply they may find him.” This is not grammatically permissible, but the new and accurate rendering contains an equally magnificent promise. saith the Lord of hosts. We are not to seek Him just to find Him, because He has already taken care of that by calling us to give us access to Him. Conservative, Literal Interpretation, TODAY IN THE WORD The answer is yes. 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 Commentary on Haggai ‘Though the impact of Haggai’s sermon was such that a unanimous decision was taken to resume work on the Temple, he took none of the credit. 2:3). Hence it is that Jesus, and he alone, is the desire of all nations. It was written to people, like us, who would have told you that God must be first. Background: Haggai appeared on the scene in Jerusalem in 520 B.C. Hosea, Joel, Amos. The prophet Ezekiel had been talking about the future temple (Ezek. It’s tough to hang in there and work through problems over a lifetime. F. “Do not fear.”, 3.The Positive Power of Promise (Haggai 2:6–9). Haggai and Zechariah were probably among the first exiles who returned with Zerubbabel. The impurity of their hearts and lives shall make the work of their hands, and all their offerings, unclean before God. Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals, HAGGAI BUILD THE HOUSE This can be seen in two ways: 114 Thus Wolf, “‘The Desire of All Nations’ in Haggai 2:7,” 98; Meyers and Meyers, Haggai, Zechariah 1-8, 53. Open Greek/Hebrew tab. In 1882, D. L. Moody and Ira Sankey came to Cambridge and their flaming power and victorious message stirred his heart. 40–48), and perhaps they realized that the temple they were going to be able to build was unlike anything Ezekiel had envisioned. In this he betrays his affinity with Ezekiel, who taught that it is by the possession of the sanctuary that Israel is sanctified. In considering your ways, take time to consider God's ways. His goal was to encourage the builders by giving a word of hope. Haggai 1:5. 4. sometimes replaces Israel with the church, EDWARD B PUSEY But Wilberforce wasn’t just a one-issue man. Haggai 2. Consider your ways—, 1. Why is this important? (Zechariah 14 - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible), S LEWIS JOHNSON 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. This was not a mere subjective feeling. The time is still far distant when a Greater than any of the prophets taught that a material fabric is not necessary for the service of God, who as a Spirit is worshipped in spirit and in truth. But somehow the reality seemed to come far short of this glowing prophetic hope. They had to go up, probably to Mount Lebanon, for the wood. C. Those who put their prosperity above God’s house are blind to God’s chastening hand. Haggai tells us to never underestimate the holiness of God, nor devalue the sinfulness of humanity, nor neglect the wonders of grace, nor take your own spirituality carelessly. New King James Version 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.”. Commentary on Haggai Haggai and Malachi: Everyman’s Bible Commentary series. B. "Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by?" Because he has interesting grammatical (word and phrase studies) and historical comments. Conservative, Literal, Futuristic Interpretation, Rosscup: Here is an evangelical commentary well-done in 493 pp. The Condition of the Nations at His Second Coming. The Deliverer for who all the nations ultimately long. And how extensive and all-sufficient is Jesus, to answer the desire of all nations! The edict of Cyrus granted permission to the exiles to return, and about 50,000, under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua the priest, availed themselves of it. (Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility). What happens to people when discouragement sets in? 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. Conservative, Literal Interpretation, CHARLES SIMEON Commentary on Haggai 2:10-19 (Read Haggai 2:10-19) Many spoiled this good work, by going about it with unholy hearts and hands, and were likely to gain no advantage by it. Haggai lived in a time when cheering and emboldening words were almost the one thing needful. The time to help on God's work is an ever present opportunity. The Annotated Bible It’s tough to keep on when problems arise or when the results don’t match your initial expectations. New King James Version. Zephaniah and Haggai - Introductory Notes, Outlines. Am I completely truthful in my closest relationships, or do I put on a mask of hypocrisy through deception (Eph. Certainly there were some old men who had seen Solomon's temple in its splendor. ¶ It is the element of duty in it that saves optimism from being one of the worst of things and makes it one of the best. It may be the last coin we get, or we may get many more. HAMPTON KEATHLEY IV - recommended. 6, 7). The Church of God, which is the "Body of Christ," stands for worship and witnessing. Yet here is a glass in which we may see the unborn years.       And use his gifts of brain and heart, 1. 2. See what over 145,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. The work of the Lord should never be procrastinated (Haggai 1:3), 2. The British plantations in the West Indies depended on slave labor for their profit. Using the historical situation as a spring-board, Haggai reveled in the supreme glory of the ultimate messianic temple yet to come (2:7), encouraging them with the promise of even greater peace (2:9), prosperity (2:19), divine rulership (2:21, 22), and national blessing (2:23) during the Millennium. A desponding or despairing servant of God is a contradiction in terms. Haggai's message is full of stirring words to us today. If Antichrist be the leader of the nations, it seems inconsistent with the statement that he will at this time be sitting in the temple as God at Jerusalem (2Thessalonians 2:4); thus Antichrist outside would be made to besiege Antichrist within the city. Or is the cause of failure the blighting breath of God's disapproval? Temporal blessings and spiritual prosperity shall go together in the millennium: long life (Isaiah 65:20-22), peace (Isaiah 2:4-note), honor (Isaiah 60:14-16), righteous government (Isaiah 54:14; Isaiah 60:18). 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. James Neil). ¶ 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. The Hebrew prophet Haggai wrote about B.C. This prophecy produced the desired effect, and Zerubbabel, the governor of Jerusalem, and Joshua the High Priest, and the residue of the people rose up and began the work of rebuilding the Temple, which had been interrupted by their surrounding enemies, chiefly the Samaritans [cp. And life justified his faith, for to the strenuous and the unselfish it is always true that “experience worketh hope, and hope maketh not ashamed.”. ", 3. ", 2. Commentaries; Dictionaries; Strongs; People; Haggai 2:7 The Coming Glory of the Temple. Those who sow much of the seed of the Word of God, and bring in little, have need to "consider their ways," for such results are not in harmony with God's purpose. Thus the optimist of Jerusalem confronted the pessimists of his time. The apostle Peter wrote of such a shaking in 2 Peter 3:10-13. His was not the shallow, light-hearted optimism which forgets or ignores the deep miseries of the world. Haggai 2:7 (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. Is holiness a subject we should be concerned about? There is no evidence of this. Wilberforce battled on for the next 26 years, until his death, to abolish not only the slave trade, but also slavery itself. Sermons on Haggai Haggai 1:2-4 The Guilty Excuses for Delay in Duty, Haggai 1:6-8 Due Consideration of our Ways Should Teach Us the Will & Urge Us to the Work of God, Haggai 1:5-11 Duty Vindicated by Divine Government, Haggai 1:12-15 The Performance of Neglected Duty, Haggai 2:3 Causes of Despondency in the Work of God, Haggai 2:4, 5 Remedies For Despondency in the Work of God, Haggai 2:6-8 The Establishment of God's Kingdom, Haggai 2:8 God's Claims and Man's Stewardship, Haggai 2:10-14 Duty Neglected Contaminates Character and Conduct, Haggai 2:15-19 God's Relation to Men Determined by Their Conduct, Haggai 2:20-23 The Preservation of God's People Amid the Overthrow of Empires. But where are these living stones to come from? He takes issue with W. Rudolph who says in his commentary on Haggai that the book has no relevance at all for the Christian faith (Verhoef, p. vii), and strives to show the significance of both Haggai and Malachi to today. Conservative, Literal Interpretation, HAMPTON KEATHLEY IV A. Note, then—. Nor blank; it means intensely and means good, —a faith which he found experience abundantly to confirm. Every ungodly thing will fall through it. That question requires careful thought! (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works), SERMONS BY VERSE To Haggai the Temple appears so essential that he teaches that, while it lay waste, the people and all their works and offerings were unclean. But the battle wasn’t over. I weigh it there, and check it myself by the very rules which government will apply. Why? We are managers of all that He has given us, to invest it profitably for His kingdom. He will bring them all with Him. But each of them did say, “Courage, for the Lord liveth, and He is with you.” “Best of all,” as John Wesley used to say, “God is with us.” One of Jesus’ favourite words is θαρσεῖ or θαρσεῖτε, which is translated “Be of good cheer,” and the best single English equivalent of His Divine word is just “Courage!” “In the world,” He said, “ye shall have tribulation, but courage, I have overcome the world.” He is the President of the great society of encouragers. You "Eat and have not enough" (v. 6). Hebrews 12:26 cites Haggai 2:7, followed by an explanation that, after this “shaking,” believers will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Obedience and reverence are prerequisites for spiritual blessing (Haggai 1:12-14), 6. You take each day’s coin and exchange it for something: a day at work or school, shopping, church, leisure, or whatever. Eventually through an edict of Cyrus, the Persian king, a Jewish remnant was allowed to return to Israel, intent on re-establishing the worship of Jehovah. From his words in 2:3, it is thought that possibly Haggai himself had seen the glory of Solomon's Temple, in which case he would be an old man at this time [cp. Vol. As a Mediator. His eyes are not in the ends of the earth or in the far-off unknown future. He may or may not be premillennial, seeing the fulfillment of prophetical aspects about the temple beyond the Second Advent. on the Whole Bible, Note: JFB is one of the more literal, conservative older commentaries (prior to 1900). Holiness is not transferable (Haggai 2:11-12), 11. The actual statement that Cyrus authorized the Jews to return seems to belong to the work of the Chronicler, and not to be taken from an older source. Haggai 2:22. 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. “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 Work. Hag 2:23. "Build the house, and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says the Lord" (v. 8). Whom do you most admire? Surely every eye would be directed to Jesus, and every tongue call aloud upon his name. No one shall say, "I am sick. Chicago: Moody Press, pp 7-52. We must show Him that we are thankful for our calling, for His forgiveness, for His Spirit, and then seek Him to be one with Him. Two years later he gave notice in the House of Commons, where he served, that he would bring a motion for the abolition of the slave trade. NICOT; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987. Number two: Is uncleanness contagious? THE novelist S. R. Crockett says somewhere regarding one of his characters that he belonged to the great society of encouragers. And if His Spirit remaineth among us, we need fear neither opposition from without, nor discouragement from within. Hungry souls, but will not take the true "Bread of Life" that they may have the life which is forever (John 6:51). Commentary Critical and Explanatory Conclusion: In 2 Corinthians 7:1, we read: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” That pretty well summarizes what we’ve been talking about. Indexed by Chapter and Verse, C H SPURGEON Haggai 1:4 Is it wrong to live in nice houses? Put them first in your life! Haggai 2:7 Context. 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. "Go up to the mountains" and bring them. 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