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New Month 1st December 2023 SCRIPTURE HAGGAI 2: 1- 9
BASIC SCRIPTURE: HAGGAI 2: 1- 9
1 In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the Lord by the prophet Haggai, saying,
2 Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying,
3 Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory? and how do ye see it now? is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing?
4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith the Lord; and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech, the high priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work: for I am with you, saith the Lord of hosts:
5 According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.
6 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts.
8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.
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9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.
The Scripture in Haggai 2:1-9 speaks about God’s encouragement to the people of Israel through the prophet Haggai as they were rebuilding the temple after their return from exile in Babylon.
Here’s a breakdown of the passage:
Haggai 2:1-9 (NIV): 1 In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet: 2 “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 remnant of the people, and say, 3 ‘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? 4 Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, declares the Lord. Be strong, O Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land, declares the Lord. Work, for I am with you, declares the Lord of hosts, 5 according to the covenant that I made with you when you came out of Egypt. My Spirit remains in your midst. Fear not. 6 For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. 7 And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the Lord of hosts. 8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts. 9 The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place, I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’”
This passage addresses the people’s feelings of discouragement as they compare the new temple they were rebuilding to the grandeur of Solomon’s temple, which had been destroyed. God, through the prophet Haggai, encourages them to be strong and continue their work.
Key points in this passage:
- God’s Encouragement: God encourages Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the people to be strong and continue their work despite the temple’s current state.
- God’s Presence and Promise: God reaffirms His presence among them, reminding them of His covenant and that His Spirit remains with them. He encourages them not to fear.
- Future Glory: God promises that the future glory of this temple will be greater than its former glory. He speaks of a time when all nations will contribute treasures and the temple will be filled with His glory.
- God’s Sovereignty: God asserts His ownership of everything, declaring that the silver and gold belong to Him.
This passage emphasizes God’s promise of restoration, assurance of His presence, and the future glory that awaits His people. It’s a reminder to trust in God’s promises and continue working faithfully, even when the present circumstances seem discouraging.
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