|2:1||In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying,|
|2:2||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,|
|2:3||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?|
|2:4||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:|
|2:5||According to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my spirit remaineth among you: fear ye not.|
|2:6||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;|
|2:7||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.|
|2:8||The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.|
|2:9||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 people of Judah turning their face away from God and worshiping foreign gods, God sent many prophets to urge them to repent and warn them of the destruction but they didn’t repent in the end. As a result, they were completely trampled by Babylon and Jerusalem fell helplessly in 586 B.C. However, God never abandoned His chosen people. He moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation of allowing the return of the people of Judah. So the people of Judah left for the land of Israel guided by Zerubbabel who had been appointed as governor of Judah and Joshua a high priest. When they returned to Jerusalem, they started to rebuild the temple most of all. But when it was interrupted by Samaritans, they ceased the construction and focused on their personal life by using the interruption as an excuse. Since then, they had lived such life for 15 years but they were still poor and miserable. At that time, Haggai came and urged to resume the construction in 520 B.C. He gathered priests by following God’s order and reminded them of God’s punishment on their possessions. After that, he relayed God’s word, “From this day on I will bless you” for they resumed the construction. We must bear it in mind that we must place a top priority on God’s work above our situations or environments no matter how Satan attacks us. Let’s take a look at how God blessed those who participated in the construction of the temple of God briefly but concretely.
1. God stirred up the spirit of the leaders and the people.
In Haggai 1:14, it says that God stirred up the spirit of the people. Simply put, He made them realize that they suffered disasters and their lives were miserable because they put off the construction of God’s temple and focused on their own lives by stirring up their spirit. What is the most needed blessing of God today? It is that God stirs up our spirit. In other words, it is the blessing that God stirs up our spirit for us to see our transgressions, to realize what our missions are, and to carry out the missions. I bless you in the name of the Lord that may God stir up your spirit and give you the blessings of spirituality recovery.
2. God said He would be with them.
When the people of Judah started to rebuild the temple for the first time, the people of the countries around Israel including Samaritans came and extremely interrupted it and the political status of other countries gave hardships. They should have continued the construction believing God being with them. Their situations did not get better and the circumstances did not change much. What changed was that their spirits were stirred up listening to God’s word by the prophet. Success in work depends on God’s intervention. How come we are not able to succeed when God stands, is with us, and helps? Dear believers! I hope you believe that God is with you and help you when you carry out God’s work.
3. God took Zerubbabel and made him like a signet ring.
In Haggai 2:23, God says, “I will make you like a signet ring.” It means that God gave Zerubbabel authority of king. In Zechariah 4:6, God said to Zerubbabel, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.” No matter how huge a mountain the temple reconstruction looks like, He says it will be a flat before Zerubbabel. Dear believers who are carrying out God’s work! I hope you believe that from the moment on you start doing God’s work, He will make you a signet ring and make any hardship that looks like a high mountain a flat. I hope you believe that God will keep you as the apple of His eye, give you His authority, and glorify you like stars.
4. God said He would help him so he would not face any financial problem.
People worry about money when they carry out God’s work. But God clearly says to Zerubbabel, “The silver is mine and the gold is mine.” He says He will give financial blessings to those who participate in the construction of God’s temple. Concentrate on the things that glorify God and make an effort to construct the house of God rather than yours. The promise that God will bless you from this day on will absolutely be fulfilled. I hope that you will finish the construction of main sanctuary by offering what is the most precious to you. God will absolutely bless you.