Readings: Haggai 1; Titus 2
SERMON: Consider your Ways
Haggai was the first prophet the Lord sent to his people after they returned from Exile under Cyrus the Persian in 536BC. The people had been greatly discouraged in the task they were sent back to Jerusalem to do, rebuild the temple and reinstitute the worship of Jahweh in his own city. But the people had begun to use the discouragements as a mere excuse, as a cover for other things, namely, their own self-centredness. Simply put, they failed to do what Jesus told us to do: “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). And things were not going well with them. So in 520BC the Lord sent Haggai to exhort the people to a renewed faithfulness. How often must that be done?! We shall look at his message under the following headings:
1. There is a lion in the street! – vv.2-4;
2. Are all these things added to us – and if not, why not? – vv.5-7, 9-11; maybe we must:
3. Go up … & rebuild … that I may be pleased & glorified – vv.8, 12-15.