Main point summary
Be strong and be fearless to build the temple of the Lord for I am always with you and I will make an even greater glorious temple says the Lord.
c In the seventh month, on the twenty-first day of the month,
the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet,
“Speak now to d Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to d Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to all the remnant of the people, and say,
e ‘Who is left among you who saw this house f in its former glory?
How do you see it now?
g Is it not as nothing in your eyes?
Yet now h be strong, O d Zerubbabel,
declares the Lord .
h Be strong, O d Joshua, son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
h Be strong, all you people of the land,
declares the Lord .
for j I am with you,
declares the Lord of hosts,
k according to the covenant that I made with you
when you came out of Egypt.
l My Spirit remains in your midst.
m Fear not.
For thus says the Lord of hosts:
n Yet once more, in a little while,
o I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land.
And I will shake all nations,
so that the treasures of all nations shall come in,
and p I will fill this house with glory,
says the Lord of hosts.
q The silver is mine,
and the gold is mine,
declares the Lord of hosts.
r The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former,
says the Lord of hosts.
And s in this place I will give peace,
declares the Lord of hosts.’”
Haggai 2:1-9 Outline
II. The Coming Glory of the Temple ( 2:1–9 ) A. Date and Addressees ( 2:1–2 ) B. The Problem: The glory of the temple is as nothing( 2:3 ) C. The Challenge: Be Strong, Work, and Fear Not( 2:4–5 ) 1. Ground from then and now: The Lord is with you ( 2:4 ) i. Basis: God's covenant( 2:5 ) ii. Explanation: The Lord's Spirit remains in your midst( 2:5 ) 2. Motivation from future promise: The Lord will fill his house with glory ( 2:6–8 ) i. Means: He will shake everything( 2:6–7 ) ii. Ground: Everything Belongs To The Lord( 2:8 ) iii. Result a. The latter glory will be greater than the former ( 2:9 ) b. The Lord will give peace in this temple( 2:9 )
Turn From The Past, Look Ahead To The Future For the Christian, the best is always yet to come. We have reason to have more real hope than any other people on the planet for what is ahead in the next year, the next decade, the next century, and for all eternity. The grace of God, manifest in Jesus, is our rock-solid liberation from crippling nostalgia and from bellyaching about the “former glory.” By faith, we expect a latter glory that far outstrips the little foretastes of the glory we’ve had so far. - David Mathis God's Presence In Small Things Zechariah’s prophecy found its partial fulfillment when Zerubbabel placed the capstone on the rebuilt temple ( Zechariah 4:7 ). But as Zechariah’s fellow prophet Haggai put it, total fulfillment would need to wait “a little while” ( Haggai 2:6 ) — which is typical prophet talk for a few centuries, maybe more. And so, the day of small things remained with Israel for over four hundred years, until finally every mountain was laid low ( Isaiah 40:4 ; Luke 3:5 ), and the true temple arrived in the person of Jesus Christ ( John 2:18–22 ). “For all of his bigness, our God has a remarkable love for the small.” The big God is apparently patient enough to endure centuries of small days. His kingdom, which will one day cover the earth, does not begin big. It grows from one old man and his barren wife ( Isaiah 51:2 ). It grows from “the fewest of all peoples” ( Deuteronomy 7:7 ). It grows from a mustard seed and a bit of leaven ( Matthew 13:31–33 ). It grows from an embryo in the womb of a virgin ( Isaiah 9:6–7 ). It grows from twelve uneducated men ( Acts 1:8 ). What will it mean for us to worship a God who works like this? It will mean praying for the big, longing for the big, and working for the big — all while faithfully and contentedly devoting ourselves to the small. Pray for revival, and then prepare breakfast for the kids. Dream of the knowledge of God’s glory flooding the earth ( Habakkuk 2:14 ), and then bring a taste of that glory to the neighbor next door. Preach a grand vision to dozens or hundreds on Sunday, and then sit and listen to the wounded one on Monday. - Scott Hubbard