Week 34   Day 5

 

The sin of the people which Haggai protested

            was their concern

            for their own selves

            without having concern

            for the person and things of God

 

He believed that tragedies

            are one of the ways in which

            God leads his people

            back to himself

            and to repentance and change 

 

Haggai said that God stirred up

            the hearts of people 

That was his way of saying

            God is in charge 

            God is in control

 

In the midst of evil we question--

Is God in control? 

If so

            why doesn't God

            stir up some hearts

            to do the right thing

                        here? 

                        now? 

                        today? 

 

God does not stir up any hearts

            that don't want to be stirred up 

God's control ends

            where man's freedom begins   

But when we are willing and obedient

            amazing things can happen 

History is determined by

            this Divine-human interaction.

 

 

 

                                REVIVING THE RUINS

      Your house or God's house--Which comes first?

                            Haggai 1 and Zechariah 3

 

     1 In the second year of King Darius, the word of the Lord

came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah,

and to Joshua, the high priest, saying, 2"This people says, 'The

time has not come, the time that the Lord's house should be built.' 

4 Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses,

and this temple to lie in ruins?" 

     5"Consider your ways!  You have sown much, and bring in

little; you eat, but do not have enough; you drink, but you are

not filled with drink; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm;

he who earns wages, earns wages to put into a bag with holes.

     7"Consider your ways!  8Go up to the mountains and bring

wood and build the temple, that I may take pleasure in it and be

glorified," says the Lord.  9"You looked for much, but indeed it

came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. 

Why?" says the Lord of hosts.  "Because of My house that is

in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house."   

    12Zerubbabel and Joshua obeyed the voice of their God.

13Haggai, the Lord's messenger, spoke saying, "I am with

you, says the Lord."  14So the Lord stirred up the spirit of

all the remnant of the people; and they came and worked

on the house of the Lord.

 

     1He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before

the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at the right hand

to oppose him.  2The Lord said to Satan, "The Lord rebuke

you, Satan!  The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke

you!  Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?"

     3Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was

standing before the Angel.  4Then He answered and spoke

to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy

garments from him."  And to him He said, "I have removed

your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes."

     5And I said, "Put a clean turban on his head."  So they

put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on

him.  And the angel of the Lord stood by.

     6Then the angel of the Lord admonished Joshua, saying,

7"Thus says the Lord:  'If you will walk in My ways, and if

you will keep My command, then you shall also judge My

house, and likewise have charge of My courts; I will give

you places to walk among these who stand here.'"
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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