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Haggai 1:9-15

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Good Results of Haggai’s First Sermon to Judah

Haggai 1:9-15

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Lesson Number 2

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Wrong priorities result in loss of blessing.
  2. Right priorities result in lots of blessing.

Practical Application

  1. Will this minor prophet affect your major priorities?

Questions

  1. When did Haggai give his challenging sermons?
  2. What changed the hearts of the returned exiles and delayed the rebuilding of the temple?
  3. What did it take to get the people to start rebuilding the Lord’s house?
  4. How long was the period of time betweeen Haggai’s first sermon and the rebuilding of the temple?
  5. How long did it take from the start of the rebuilding until the temple was completed?
  6. This temple was the second Jewish temple. Which king expanded and beautified it?
  7. Who destroyed this temple? When?

Answers

  1. In 520 B.C.
  2. They became discouraged because of opposition and threats of those around them. They became lethargic in the work of the Lord, and focused on their own homes instead of the Lord’s house.
  3. The motivating minnistry of Haggai and Zechariah. See Ezra 5:1-2.house?
  4. Twenty-three days.
  5. Four years. See Ezra 6:14-16.
  6. Herod the Great expanded and beautified the temple around the time of Christ.
  7. In 70 A.D., the Romans destroyed the temple in Jerusalem. Read the prediction by the Lord Jesus to His disciples concerning this destruction in Matthew 24:1-2.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Review Haggai 1:9-11, Leviticus 26:19-20, and Deuteronomy 28:38-40. Why was the Lord withholding His blessings from His people? In the Old Testament, God gave material blessings to those who put Him first. In New Testament times and today God promises spiritual blessings to those who put Him first. Do you want the Lord’s blessing on your life? Do you want the fruit of the Spirit to be seen in you? How can you fully enjoy the spiritual blessings that are yours in Christ? By putting the Lord first in all your decisions and actions.
  2. Review Haggai 1:12-14. The people listened to Haggai’s sermon, then they acted on it. They had a complete change of heart, reversing their priorities from self-centeredness to God-centeredness. One of the greatest blessings from the Lord is His presence, both then and now. See Haggai 1:13 and Hebrews 13:5. Do you know the intimate presence of the Lord in your life in day to day living?

Challenge

  1. Will this minor prophet affect your major priorities? Are your priorities in line with the word of God? When you meet Haggai in heaven, how would you answer his question, “How did my book affect you?” memorize

Key Verses

  • “You looked for much, but it came too little...I blew it away...because of My house that is in ruins, while every one of you runs to his own house.” Haggai 1:9
  • “Zerubbabel and Joshua, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai...and the people feared the presence of the Lord.” Haggai 1:12
  • “‘I am with you.’ says the Lord.” Haggai 1:13
  • “The Lord stirred up the spirit of all the people; and they came and worked on the house of the Lord.” Haggai 1:14

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