Recommended, BIBLE.ORG RESOURCES James Neil). Again he said, “Good.” He poured in a pitcher of water until the jar was full to the brim. Is it the sower or the seed that is to be blamed? He will be the God-appointed and final Arbiter in all the controversies of earth. He has occasional illustrations and serious explanation of the text. Resources that Reference Haggai, BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR Amen and Amen (Psalm 72). His mother wrote to him of being filled with the Spirit, and he replied: Oh, to be made to feel a little more my hold on the Lord Jesus Christ. 2. "Consider your ways"—, 1. Commentary Critical and Explanatory Commentary on Haggai He has interacted with much scholarship within the text and in his footnotes. Haggai Chart from Charles Swindoll After the shaking of the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land, after the shaking of all nations, the desirable things of all nations shall come, and the Lord of Hosts shall fill with His glory the house which the Jews had begun to rear unto Him. Mat 28:18-20], PAUL APPLE 21:16). Haggai 2:7 The Desire of All Nations - Messianic or Not? Hebrews 12:26 cites Haggai 2:7, followed by an explanation that, after this “shaking,” believers will receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Temple Discontinued 534BC, Encouragement to Finish - They are constantly eating, but never satisfied. The goal of God’s work is His glory and pleasure. Those who expect great things from Him must attempt great things for Him. But if you know that God is blessing your life, you’ve got something that the world can’t give or take away. OLDER EXPOSITIONS The work of the Lord should never be procrastinated (Haggai 1:3), 2. It’s easy to start a new exercise program. One to stand between the wrongs of men and the rights of God. Yet some years later when he entered the ministry, he felt spiritually unfit. I weigh it there, and check it myself by the very rules which government will apply. To Haggai the Temple appears so essential that he teaches that, while it lay waste, the people and all their works and offerings were unclean. Haggai, A Commentary. The Book of Haggai, second shortest in the Old Testament, has a potent message. The British plantations in the West Indies depended on slave labor for their profit. Phillips is premillennial, seeing Israel’s future kingdom blessings as in the millennium after Christ’s Second Coming (Hosea 3:5; Joel 3:14ff; Amos 9:15; Zeph. The famous inventor, Thomas Edison, tried again and again to find the right filament for the incandescent electric light bulb. "He who wins souls is wise." Jesus Christ is the desire of all nations; people are yearning for Him, longing for Him, even though they do not know it. To the latter the material Temple is no more than a detail in the picture of a work of restoration eminently ideal and spiritual, and he expressly warns his hearers against attaching intrinsic importance to it. Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi are the three prophets to the restored remnant that returned from Babylon. Indexed by Chapter and Verse, C H SPURGEON Isa. Then shall His Presence be like rain upon the mown grass, and as showers that water the earth. Haggai challenged them on this because that is not necessarily the case. But where are these living stones to come from? K.J.V. The Deliverer for who all the nations ultimately long. By the way they behaved, by the way they conducted themselves, by the way they lived distinctively among the other nations, they were to demonstrate something of the beauty and power and purity of God Himself. The apostle Peter wrote of such a shaking in 2 Peter 3:10-13. The students were onto him, so they said, “No.” “Good,” he replied. He dumped in a bucket of sand. J VERNON MCGEE 40–48), and perhaps they realized that the temple they were going to be able to build was unlike anything Ezekiel had envisioned. Conservative, Literal, Futuristic Interpretation, Rosscup: Here is an evangelical commentary well-done in 493 pp. (Zechariah 14 - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible), S LEWIS JOHNSON You may be rich or poor, healthy or ill, living in a mansion or hiding out in a cave. It is in the day of Divine power we are made willing. Horae Homileticae The Hebrew prophet Haggai wrote about B.C. There was political pressure to back down because of the international political ramifications. “ I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory” (Hag 2:7). Why is this important? Shaking Off Discouragement - Haggai 2:4: “Yet now be strong, Zerubbabel,” says the LORD; “and be strong, Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and be strong, all you people of the land,” says the LORD, “and work; for I am with you,” says the LORD of hosts. They are yearning for solutions, wisdom, power, understanding, vision, and love, and He is all those things. Fairly full exegetical detail meets readers verse by verse, yet Merrill’s comments are readable for others than scholars, except the technical notes in special sections will be more for the latter. The books of history and memory should not only record the events of the past, but also guide and inspire their readers to face the problems of the future. When He came as Redeemer it was in lowliness and weakness; but when He comes as King it will be in kingly fashion—with "great power and glory." “Fear not, for I am with thee” was the trumpet note of the greatest prophet of the Exile (Is. Haggai 2 commentary 1. There is something sadly wrong where there is much sowing and little reaping. Isa. Commentary on Haggai 1. When we think of the age-long blindness of the Jewish nation, of the problem of racial hatred, of a rapidly growing heathendom, of the growing army of "seducing spirits," and the comparative impotence of the Church to win the world for Christ. This only we may discern assuredly: this, every true light of science, every mercifully granted power, every wisely-restricted thought, teach us more clearly day by day, that in the heavens above, and the earth beneath, there is one continual and omnipotent presence of help, and of peace, for all men who know that they Live, and remember that they Die. ", 4. Chicago: Moody Press, pp 11-19. 5:26; 2 Chr. "Go up to the mountains" and bring them. The wages you have earned by the efforts of your pride and self-seeking become of no practical value to your soul. "Go up to the mountain and bring wood" (v. 8). He finds fulfillment of Joel 2:28 at Pentecost, yet it would help to point out some aspects that were (Rosscup), Exploring the Minor Prophets John Phillips - Rosscup on John Phillips - A respected popular expositor on a number of biblical books here has two introductory chapters, then a chapter of about 20–30 pp. He was also involved heavily in a number of missionary endeavors and in many social causes. No one shall say, "I am sick. Hence, in every nation, kindred, tongue, or clime, every poor, awakened and convinced sinner stands in need of a Saviour; and, however diversified by language, customs, or manners, sin is felt exceeding sinful, and the desire of deliverance from its guilt and its consequences, however variously expressed, is the burden and cry of every prayer. 2. This can be seen in two ways: The Church of God, which is the "Body of Christ," stands for worship and witnessing. Haggai 1:2-4 The Guilty Excuses for Delay in Duty, Haggai 1:6-8 Due Consideration of our Ways Should Teach Us the Will & Urge Us to the Work of God, Haggai 1:5-11 Duty Vindicated by Divine Government, Haggai 1:12-15 The Performance of Neglected Duty, Haggai 2:3 Causes of Despondency in the Work of God, Haggai 2:4, 5 Remedies For Despondency in the Work of God, Haggai 2:6-8 The Establishment of God's Kingdom, Haggai 2:8 God's Claims and Man's Stewardship, Haggai 2:10-14 Duty Neglected Contaminates Character and Conduct, Haggai 2:15-19 God's Relation to Men Determined by Their Conduct, Haggai 2:20-23 The Preservation of God's People Amid the Overthrow of Empires. It’s tough to persevere when your aching muscles scream, “No more!” It’s easy to get married. He is premillennial, as on Zechariah 14, and packs in much expositional help, relating it strategically to life. C H SPURGEON Haggai 2:17 - Morning and Evening, C H SPURGEON - Haggai 2:19  Faith's Checkbook From Obedience to Blessing “From this day will I bless you.”—Haggai 2:19, EUGENE MERRILL We who are ministers of His Word have much need to lay this reminder to heart. The decisive vote on that issue came on July 26, 1833, just three days before Wilberforce died. We must show Him that we are thankful for our calling, for His forgiveness, for His Spirit, and then seek Him to be one with Him. Haggai - Be discerning: Utley is Amillennial and replaces Israel with the Church. saith the Lord of hosts. The prophet Ezekiel had been talking about the future temple (Ezek. Conclusion: In 2 Corinthians 7:1, we read: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” That pretty well summarizes what we’ve been talking about. Clarke's Haggai 2:7 Bible Commentary And the Desire of all nations shall come - The present Hebrew text is as follows: ובאו חמדת כל הגוים. Haggai himself, though a prophet, must ask the priests concerning the law. The point is, if you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.” (First Things First, by Stephen Covey, Roger & Rebecca Merrill [Simon & Schuster], pp. 4. 1. 1. Haggai 2:7 New King James Version (NKJV). FUTURE things are hidden from us. 139:23, 24). Haggai 2:7 Who is the desired of all nations? A year later, some Keswick speakers came along preaching of rest and victory in Christ. An Exegetical and Expository Commentary; Grand Rapids: Baker, 1992. Haggai It is sometimes levied as a reproach against Haggai that he makes no direct reference to moral duties, and it is doubtless true that his treatment of his theme, practical and effective as it was for the purpose in hand, moves on a far lower level than the aspirations of the prophet who wrote the closing chapters of Isaiah. Owning slaves was a strong cultural institution. Lord, I am resolved to be more true to thee and more exact in my following of thy doctrine and thy precept; and I pray thee, therefore, by Christ Jesus, to increase the blessedness of my daily life henceforth and forever. Every ungodly thing will fall through it. 3. Comment on Zech 14:11 - "no more utter destruction — (Jer 31:40). Haggai affirms that its glory will consist not of silver and gold but of His presence (2:4-5), and the glory of that to come will also be His presence in it and among His people (2:7). Vagueness such as in Joel 2:1-11, where he says the invader is neither locusts nor a human army, is a drawback. Numerous times Wilberforce’s life was threatened. There is no evidence of this. The shaking began introductory to the first advent; it will be finished at the second. For His final appearance was closely connected with these manifestations in great providences, as the outermost ring in the pool is but the widening of the innermost. on Haggai, Rosscup on Kaiser: A careful evangelical gives contemporary outlines usable to pastors. For it is "God who gives the increase." One of the more controversial passages in the book of Haggai is 2:6,7. Only the life fully committed to Christ is Spirit-filled and victorious. Caveat - Not always literal and Is my love for Jesus Christ fervent and vital because I think often on what He did for me on the cross (Gal. Lev. "by Haggai" The Hebrew text has "by the hand of Haggai" (BDB 388 construct BDB 291). Then in His days shall there be abundance of peace. "Build the house, and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, says the Lord" (v. 8). It may be the last coin we get, or we may get many more. Then shall His enemies lick the dust. You put your "wages in a bag with holes" (v. 6). Haggai 2.       And it remembren, when it passed is. One of the more controversial passages in the book of Haggai is 2:6,7. 1903, James Rosscup writes "Though old this is well-written and often cited, with many good statements on spiritual truths. The work helps on broad coverage, and is quite readable for preachers, church teachers, students and lay people wanting a general devotional sweep. The answer is no. The Debilitating Dynamic of Discouragement. They all make frequent use of the title ''The Lord of Hosts.'' The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). According to Dr. Young, the word in the Hebrew only occurs in one other place in the Bible (1 Samuel 9:20), where the sense seems to be, "They desired the things which a wise and mighty ruler would bring." But now, in response to Haggai’s word from the Lord, the leaders and people had begun to rebuild on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month of the second year of Darius (Sept. 21, 520 B.C. OLD TESTAMENT TIMES They had to go up, probably to Mount Lebanon, for the wood. Every want, and every desire that can be necessary for time and eternity, all temporal, spiritual, and eternal blessings, are in Jesus. 60:5, to which this passage may very possibly be an allusion: “The abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the nations shall come unto thee.”, ¶ The beautiful translation in the A.V., “the Desire of all nations shall come,” was due to the Vulgate—veniet desideratus cunctis gentibus—and suggested the great and true idea that the nations are “feeling after him if haply they may find him.” This is not grammatically permissible, but the new and accurate rendering contains an equally magnificent promise. "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. Midas quickly discovered that you can’t eat gold and you can’t relate to gold people! He will instill this way of life into their minds. And as one in the darkness thinks he hears the approach of an evil which he dreads, these prophets, when the sound of Jehovah’s goings was more distinctly heard than usual, deemed that what they heard was the warning of His coming to shake terribly the earth. The impurity of their hearts and lives shall make the work of their hands, and all their offerings, unclean before God. Wordiness and wandering in his discussions is another shortcoming, as in using Joel 2:28 to take off into a long discussion of clericalism. Conservative, Literal Interpretation, KEIL AND DELITZSCH "Seek you first the Kingdom of God." 1976. New American Standard Version. "Distress of nations," and "Men's hearts failing them for fear" are the warning signals of His near approach. In the first [and second] [Hag 1:1-2, 3-11], he endeavored to shame the people out of their apathy in beautifying their own houses, while the house of the Lord lay waste; and he tells them that all the drought on crops and cattle had its source in this neglect [cp. The expression ‘stir up the spirit of’ suggests that the spirit of a man is aroused in such a way that he becomes willing to perform some task (cf. 2. How destructive is the hail to the standing crops, beating out the precious grain upon the ground! The fourth [and fifth] prophecies were addressed to Zerubbabel, and through him to Christ [Hag 2:10-19, 20-23]. 2. Haggai 2:7. shake—not convert; but cause that agitation which is to precede Messiah's coming as the healer of the nations' agitations.The previous shaking shall cause the yearning "desire" for the Prince of peace.MOORE and others translate "the beauty," or "the desirable things (the precious gifts) of all nations shall come" (Isaiah 60:5, Isaiah 60:11; Isaiah 61:6). God is sovereign over the nations and kingdoms of this world. Open Greek/Hebrew tab. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. When he couldn’t put any more in, he asked, “Is this jar full?”, The class responded, “Yes.” He said, “Really?” Then he pulled out a bucket of gravel and poured it in, shaking it down through the cracks. The cylinder-inscription of Cyrus apparently refers to Assyria and Babylonia rather than to all the captive population of the whole Babylonian Empire. We must deliberately and continually put God’s house above our prosperity. A Christian businessman, William Sloan, spoke from Haggai 1:6: “You eat, but do not have enough.” Sloan said that when “Self” rules our hearts instead of Christ, our souls are lean.       Ever, only, all for Thee. Each day, the machine issues us a new coin. Conservative, Literal Interpretation, NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! ", SPEAKER'S COMMENTARY The time to help on God's work is an ever present opportunity. All national enemies have their stronghold in the hearts of men. That’s why it is so important that we constantly hear the Word of the Lord. For eighteen years, nothing was done. Also has a nice parallel Bible feature (see Tab = "Parallel"). Compare the complicated movements, Daniel 11:1-45-note." The present publication is set up in two columns to the page with the text of the Authorized Version reproduced at the top. Hence it is that Jesus, and he alone, is the desire of all nations. And I will shake all nations" (vv. Haggai 2:8. Then shall the heathen that dwell in the wilderness bow before Him. He sees his own and his nation’s immediate duty as clear as noonday. 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