Haggai Devotional Commentary

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Haggai 1:1

There are two severe warnings in the book of Haggai, which were given, "in the second year of Darius the king, on the first day of the sixth month when the word of the LORD came by the prophet Haggai... to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest."

Because Israel had compromised their position as God's people, there was a need for Haggai to deliver read more...

Haggai 1:4

Although it is the second shortest book in the Old Testament, Haggai is compacted with spiritual insights and gems of wisdom. He was one of the post-captivity prophets who ministered to those who had returned to Jerusalem, during the times of Ezra and Zerubbabel.

The focus of his ministry related to the rebuilding of the Temple of God, which had been utterly destroyed decades earlier by Nebuchadnezzar, the first great king of read more...

Haggai 1:5

The focus of Haggai's prophecy, is the rebuilding of the Temple. Despite the edict of the great king Cyrus after Israel's 70 year-long captivity in Babylon, the Temple of the Lord continued to lie into disrepair.

However, in the second year of Darius the king, Haggai the prophet began to proclaim the Word of the Lord in the ears of his fellow Israelites. He scolded them for allowing the Temple of God to remain lying in disrepair read more...

Haggai 1:6

The impelling message of Haggai to his generation of apathetic Jews was get up, get busy, and rebuild the ruined Temple of the Lord which had been lying desolate since the Babylonian invasion and remained neglected, and in utter disrepair.

His prophetic writings were a strong rebuke to Israel for neglecting their duty toward God and leaving His read more...

Haggai 1:8

Haggai's brief prophetic ministry had an immense effect on the post-captivity people of Israel. Haggai returned to the land when the first wave of returnees, led by Zerubbabel, came back from Babylon. His simple message was, 'Get busy and rebuild the Temple of God', and his short book outlines four directives from the Lord to His people.

The remnant that returned to their homeland had shown little interest in rebuilding the Lord's read more...

Haggai 2:9

Haggai was a post-exile returnee to the land of Israel whose main ministry was to encourage the people to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem and to let them know that God was with them and would help them. He called the people to 'consider your ways' and to 'be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.' 

Israel's covenant with the Lord and the blessings He promised His people, depended upon them fulfilling the requirements read more...