Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say, The time is not yet come that the See footnote on Ezra 4:24.Lord's house should be rebuilt .
Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying,
Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies in ruins?
Now therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways and set your mind on what has come to you.
You have sown much, but you have reaped little; you eat, but you do not have enough; you drink, but you do not have your fill; you clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; and he who earns wages has earned them to put them in a bag with holes in it.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways (your previous and present conduct) and how you have fared.
Go up to the hill country and bring lumber and rebuild house, and I will take pleasure in it and I will be glorified, says the Lord .
You looked for much , and behold, it came to little; and even when you brought that home, I blew it away. Why? says the Lord of hosts. Because of My house, which lies waste while you yourselves run each man to his own house .
Therefore the heavens above you withhold the dew, and the earth withholds its produce.
And I have called for a drought upon the land and the hill country, upon the grain, the fresh wine, the oil, upon what the ground brings forth, upon men and cattle, and upon all the toil of hands.
Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people , listened to and obeyed the voice of the Lord their God the words of Haggai the prophet, since the Lord their God had sent him, and the people feared and turned to the Lord.
Then Haggai, the Lord's messenger, spoke the Lord's message to the people saying, I am with you, says the Lord.
And the Lord aroused the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people, so that they came and labored on the house of the Lord of hosts, their God,
On the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.
Summary: The LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD
Summary: Two weeks ago I taught that the core principle of satisfaction was rooted in giving. Not spending, not getting, not working, not saving, not investing, not begging, and not gambling. The only way to achieve a satisfied life is by giving.
Summary: Haggai awakens the people from their complacency. Establish the priorities and make God the centre of their lives. Recognise the source of their blessings and trust God their Giver. Restore to God His due glory.
Summary: God expects us to come up higher in every area of our lives. He told the children of Israel to take a long and lasting look at the Egyptians (who oppressed them), because they were about to embark on a journey of no return to the past bondage.
Summary: This sermon involves tithing on one hand and on the pressures we put on ourselves to purchase things at a discount that actually cost us more in the long run. We need to count the full cost before making a decision.
Summary: A Message on Tithing
I dreamed that I was observing and then I was reading the message Bible. I was reading in Malachi about tithing. I was then examining between the testaments. I was comparing it to my Message Bible. I knew that it was the same.