Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.

Reading.

  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Haggai 2

Overview

The promised glory of the new temple.

The new temple built by the leadership of Haggai was much less than the glory of the temple that king Solomon built. But God comforted him with promise to be with him and his people (v.4).  the seventh month was mid-September to mid-October. Haggai sees God’s Spirit standing in Israel’s midst and is reminded of the Exodus.

The offering made by a defiled people is unclean. They may be the Samaritans, who opposed the work of the post-exilic community.

The twenty-fourth day of the ninth month which was mid-November to mid-December, probably marks the laying of the foundation stone for the new temple. When the foundation was laid, the word of the Lord came to Haggai for governor Zerubbabel.

The Lord will establish the kingdom, and he will redeem his people of Israel as at the Exodus. Prophet Haggai linked Israel’s earlier traditions with the coming messianic age, first, calling for an end to Judah’s subservient role to Persia, second, for prophetic eschatology in its most heightened form, and third for forwarding into a distant future hope.

Haggai’s prophecy closes with calling for Zerubbabel as the sign of Davidic promise that a realistic hope of the kingdom of Israel will be restored.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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