(23 verses, 2:31 to read)
MARK, LEARN & MEDITATE
- 1-9: This section included the second prophecy. The next section will include the third prophecy, one to the people and one to Zerubbabel. All prophecies took place within three months.
- …The prophecy in this section is a promise from the Lord that the second temple that is currently being built will be “greater than the former” (vs. 9). How? Certainly not in silver or gold! The first temple was more beautiful and glorious to the human eye! The reaction of those who still remembered the “former glory” (vs. 3) would have been something like, “Pssshhhyahhh, right.”
- …Thus, the glory promised must be something different than what first meets the eye. Indeed, it is what meets the eye that is at question. For human eyes will see, in this temple, some 500 years later, the very glory of the Lord, the glory of the only Son who came from the Father, the Word made flesh.
- …In Christ, the promises made through Haggai are completely fulfilled. In Him, we are strong and have strength to suffer and repent (vs. 4) and learn to fear Him who tells us “fear not” (vs. 5). In Christ, the One Whom the Spirit came to rest on at His baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit and become temples of God (vs. 5). In Christ, we receive a Kingdom that cannot be shaken (vs. 6; Hebrews 12:27-28)
- 10-19: Through Haggai, the Lord asks His people to consider their selfish, yet very, very busy and hard work, had brought them the blessings they thought. “How did you fair?” He asks. Not well. However, the Lord promises to send a blessing now that the people are building the second temple.
- …Lord Jesus, I too often seek to fill my bag in worry, covetousness, and greediness, only to find out, just as You declared, that it’s a bag with lots of holes in it. “You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:6). Grant me faith to be generous and joyful in giving to the Church for the sake of the preached Word and bless me according to You will, not mine, alone. Take my worry, covetousness, and greed away. Amen.
- 20-23: This final section is a prophesy that through Zerubbabel all kingdom will be thrown down. In Zerubbabel’s loins is our Lord Jesus Christ, who kingdom will have no end.
- Matthew 1: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham….12 …and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud…16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.”
- Lord Jesus, You have received all authority in heaven and on earth as God and Man. You have received the signet ring of authority. Preserve me in Your Kingdom and preserve and bring all for whom I name before You now …. to Your everlasting reign of peace and righteousness. Amen.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC