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I Will Fill This House with Glory

Date: Aug. 15, 2019

Passage

Haggai 2:1-23 (ESV)

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: “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, ‘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, 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, 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: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. 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. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the LORD of hosts. 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.’”

10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, 11 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: Ask the priests about the law: 12 ‘If someone carries holy meat in the fold of his garment and touches with his fold bread or stew or wine or oil or any kind of food, does it become holy?’” The priests answered and said, “No.” 13 Then Haggai said, “If someone who is unclean by contact with a dead body touches any of these, does it become unclean?” The priests answered and said, “It does become unclean.” 14 Then Haggai answered and said, “So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the LORD, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean. 15 Now then, consider from this day onward. Before stone was placed upon stone in the temple of the LORD, 16 how did you fare? When one came to a heap of twenty measures, there were but ten. When one came to the wine vat to draw fifty measures, there were but twenty. 17 I struck you and all the products of your toil with blight and with mildew and with hail, yet you did not turn to me, declares the LORD. 18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid, consider: 19 Is the seed yet in the barn? Indeed, the vine, the fig tree, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have yielded nothing. But from this day on I will bless you.”

Daily Bread

Key Verse: 2:9a

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.’”

1. Be strong and work (1-9)

Sometimes, we are disappointed in the work God is doing in our lives. We expected an orchard of fruit, but all we see are a couple of old bananas! It is easy to get discouraged and want to give up. The Jews who were old enough to remember Solomon's temple were disappointed with the new temple. Their hearts were heavy, and their eyes were full of tears. At this time, God spoke through Haggai and opened their eyes to see the great work he was doing. They could be strong and work because God was with them. Their efforts were backed by the power of God and the riches of God. God promised to fill his house with glory and bring peace to his people. The remnant had nothing to fear and neither do we.

2. Blessing and assurance (10-23)

The remnant was defiled because of their disobedience. Everything they touched was defiled as well. Because of this, God withheld his blessing from them. God says, "Until now, the vine and the fig tree, the pomegranate and the olive tree have not borne fruit." But now, God declared that he would bless them from that day on. God encouraged Zerubbabel by reminding him of his sovereignty over all the nations. He also assured Zerubbabel by declaring him to be his chosen and beloved servant.

Prayer: Prayer: Father, help us to grow in courage and faith.

One Word: God is with us! Be strong and work.

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