Haggai the prophet

September 18, 2010 at 8:02 1 comment

When Ezra and Nehemiah returned with the remnant to Jerusalem they started with walls of the city and fixed their house but Lord House lay ruins.

The clothes didn’t keep warm, the harvested but didn’t have enough food or drink.  This is when God stirred up Haggai to preach his word of the Lord of hosts.
In the seventh month, in the twenty first day of the month, the world of the Lord came by the hand of the Lord of Haggai the prophet.  Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the people, and say, “Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now?  Is it not as nothing in your eyes?  Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord.  Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak.  Be strong all you people of the land, declares the Lord.   Work for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt.  My Spirit remains in your midst.  Fear not.  For thus says the Lord of hosts.

Haggai 2:1-5 (ESV)

This passage is about repentance.  The God addressed who in was charge of the people Zerubbabel the Governor and Joshua the High Priest the spiritual leader of the people.   If you are a leader at work or at Church or in your home you need to repent from your sins.  If you are dealing with anger and after your anger episode ask for forgiveness from everyone you were angry with and turn to God for forgiveness.  If you are unfaithful with people ask forgiveness from them and turn to the Lord and seek his forgiveness.   That is the key to changing into a godly man or woman is repentance because, My Spirit remains in your midst.  Fear not. Did not Jesus tell his disciples to believe and fear not.

A promise from Jeremiah 29:10-14 Stop listening to you fears and speak to yourself the promises of God.

For thus says the Lord: “When seventy are competed for Babylon, “I will visit you, ‘and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.  For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon m, ‘and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me.   When you seek me with all your hearts,  I will be found by you, declares the Lord,  and I will restore your fortunes  and gather you from the all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Jeremiah 29:10-14

God’s intentions toward Christians are always to heal us and prosper us.  God says yes when ask him in Jesus name.  He bought us and redeemed us for himself.  We can trust him in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in.  Repentance is the key in Christian life.   If we are sick and lose hope, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and ‘is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 where he is praying for us.

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  • 1. Carol Noren Johnson  |  September 19, 2010 at 8:02

    Yes, the promises for God, rather than our fears. Many times I need to meditate on the promises and step back from all the theology and bake in God’s goodness.

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