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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?
why doesn't God
stir up some hearts
to do the right thing
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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