Commitment Haggai 1:7-9, 12-15; 2:15-19 July 08, 2007
In a class taught at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Dr David Garland asked the students to follow as he read many verses in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy as the text said, Aand Moses said.@ Then Dr Garland made the point by asking what do you think God is trying to tell about who wrote these books? I liked that observation very much. In this book of Haggai the phrase Asaith the Lord,@ appears in the KJV 19 times. What do you think Haggai is trying to communicate? Haggai is writing what the Lord told him to write. Haggai followed the Lord=s direction as he was a man of commitment.
1. Commitment To . . Build The House Of The Lord.
A. Commitment To Build . . Thoughtfully. 1:7-8
7 The Lord of Hosts says this: AThink carefully about your ways. 8 Go up into the hills,
bring down lumber, and build the house. Then I will be pleased with it and be glorified,@ says the Lord.
B. Commitment To Build . . Timely. 1:9
9 AYou expected much, but then it amounted to little. When you brought [the
harvest] to your house, I ruined it. Why?@ [This is] the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. ABecause My house still lies in ruins, while each of you is busy with his own house.
Haggai speaks of a dedication to build the house of the Lord. This building needed thoughtful and timely commitment. The Lord asked the people specifically to think carefully about their ways, and the need to consecrate themselves to the building of His house. The timing of the people to build God=s house was past due. God gave them an illustration of building their home while His house lies in ruins. He does not like the contrast. This contrast took place as the people were centered on self and personal wants. God told them through Haggai that His judgment caused the ruin of their harvest.
2. Commitment To . . Believe The Word Of God. 1:12-15
A. Commitment To Believe The . . Prophet Of God. 1:12-13
12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and
the entire remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. So the people $ feared the Lord.
13 Haggai, the Lord=s messenger, delivered the Lord=s message to the people; AI am with you@Cthe Lord=s declaration.
B. Commitment To Believe The . . Prompting Of God. 1:14-15
14 The Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah,
the spirit of the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people. They began work on the house of $ Yahweh of Hosts, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month, in the second year of King Darius. Hag 1:7-15 (HCSB)
The people expressed their appreciation for, and obedience to, the message God through His prophet Haggai. The people believed God sent Haggai. When people believed God sent the messenger the message is seen as being prompted by God. Haggai demonstrated in his lifestyle a commitment that coincided with a prophet of God, so the message illustrated the prompting of the Lord. The fact of their acceptance of the prophet Haggai and the Prompting of God comes through their action to begin building the house of God. Today if we believe a godly prophet speaks under the prompting of God we need to respond accordingly.
3. Commitment To . . Behold The Ways Of God. 2:15-19
Commitment To Behold . . Weaknesses Of The People. 2:15-17
15 ANow, reflect back from this day: Before one stone was placed on another in the
Lord=s temple, 16 what state were you in? When someone came to a [grain] heap of 20 measures, it [only] amounted to 10; when one came to the winepress to dip 50 measures from the vat, it [only] amounted to 20. 17 I struck youCall the work of your handsCwith blight, mildew, and hail, but you didn=t turn to Me@Cthe Lord=s declaration.
Commitment To Behold . . Workings Of God. 2:18-19
18 AConsider carefully from this day forward; from the twenty-fourth day of the
ninth month, from the day the foundation of the Lord=s temple was laid; consider it carefully. 19 Is there still seed left in the granary? The vine, the fig, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yet produced. But from this day on I will bless you.@ Hag 2:15-19 (HCSB)
people need to reaffirm throughout their lives how weak they are, and
they need to rely on God. Many times I
have heard a minister say, AI
want to see happen what God alone can
do, we have too much of man=s
works, and not enough of that which
only God can do.@ God reminded the
people of the shortages they
experienced before they turned to the Lord.
At this point in time God announced how he was going to work and
abundance. This time of blessing
illustrates Old Testament grace. The
people received God blessings through the workings He alone could do,
took place simply because God wanted it to.