Minor Prophets – Haggai

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Minor Prophets – Haggai

“A Bag with Holes”

All of our problems stem from sin:

  • Insecurities
  • Fears
  • Jealousy
  • Anger
  • Selfishness

History of prophets (Overview):

  • Assyrians world power and conquered Northern Kingdom (Isaiah, and most minor Prophets deal with this scenario)
  • Babylonians conquer Assyrians and later capture Jerusalem and take captives (Jeremiah solely deals with the Babylon issue as well as Habakkuk, and a little of Zephaniah)
  • Jews were carried off to Babylon for 70 years (Daniel and Ezekiel)
  • Last three prophets focus on post Babylon (Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)

Four messages from the Lord:

  • August 29, 520 BC (Haggai 1:1)
  • October 17, 520 BC (Haggai 2:1)
  • December 18, 520 BC (Haggai 2:10)
  • December 18, 520 BC (Haggai 2:20)

Haggai 1:1-2

In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest:

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’

Haggai 1:3-11

Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty.

 “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

The Scoop

  • The people have been working hard to build up their lives
  • In so doing they have neglected building up the temple
  • They live in nice houses while the temple is only a foundation

Twice God says –

Give careful thought to your ways

Here is God’s response to their neglect

  • Withhold heavens dew
  • Withhold earths crops
  • Made their labor more difficult

Here is the unique thing about Haggai – The People obeyed

Haggai 1:12-15

12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.

13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.

 

Today, the church has some ‘acceptable’ sins:

  • Apathy
  • Self Centeredness

Haggai 1:8

“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.

God is not being honored by His people!

What does it mean to honor someone?

  • Show high regard
  • Show respect
  • Show reverence           

1 Samuel 2:30b

Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained

Ezra 6:14

“So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel

 

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Minor Prophets – Zephaniah

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Minor Prophets – Zephaniah

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Zephaniah

  • The great Grandson of Hezekiah

Zephaniah 1:1

The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah

Zephaniah

  • The great Grandson of Hezekiah
  • People call him the Royal prophet
  • Great grandson probably had – Money, popularity, influence

Outline of Zephaniah

God’s Judgment…

  • Is announced 1:1
  • Is severe 1:2-6
  • Is near                 1:7-18
  • Is Avoidable 2:1-3
  • Is Global 2:4-15
  • Is righteous 3:1-7
  • Is refining 3:8-13
  • Is removed 3:14-20

Some things we need to know:

  • God doesn’t enjoy punishing
  • God’s punishment is the right thing for Him to do
  • God’s punishment steers us in the right direction

OUR PROBLEM IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE SIN

Sin always leads to death and destruction

Pride started and

  • Wanted to be like God
  • Was not content or satisfied
  • Wanted to elevate himself

What happens with sin? – It Grows/ spreads

So God kicks sin out of heaven the problem is now solved. Right?

1 John 3:8

The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

WHAT WE NEED TO REALIZE ABOUT GOD’S CREATION

  • We are eternal
  • He created things to live forever.
  • Sin created death, and it keeps on spreading

God does not want people to go to hell

  • It is created to put a stop to this problem of sin

God has a plan for us

  • Free us from the consequences of sin
  • Use us to spread his truth

Grow us in deeper relations with Him

 

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Minor Prophets – Habakkuk

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Which Minor prophet was a sheep herder?

 

Who was the unwilling prophet?

 

What is the shortest of the minor prophet books?

 

What prophet was married to Gomer?

 

Which prophet deals with the day of the Lord?

 

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Question: Why do bad things happen to good people?

and

If God is so powerful and so good, then why do bad things happen to his children?

Book of Habakkuk Historically:

Written between 612 and 585BC

Just before the fall of Judah

No longer looking at Assyria.

Now a new threat has arisen in Babylon

In most prophetic books the prophet speaks to the people about God

Habakkuk speaks directly to God:

                Habakkuk 1:2-4

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

And God answers Habakkuk:

                Habakkuk 1:5-6

“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwellings not their own

Habakkuk still has questions:

                Habakkuk 1:12-13

12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, you will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.

13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Here is also part of God’s response:

Habakkuk thought that Judah was God’s righteous and holy people

Judah’s righteousness was based off of The Law

               

                Habakkuk 2:4

 “See, the enemy is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous person will live by his faith

1.Here is what faith believes: God does not make mistakes

Habakkuk questions God’s method, but accepts His plan.

2. Here is what faith believes: God is too kind to be cruel

                Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Lots of times God’s good comes through hard and difficult trials which require perseverance and patience

3. Here is what faith believes: God always knows what is best for us

                James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

4. Here is what faith believes: God is in control, thus we can rest easily

How do you respond to the challenges that God throws your way?

Do you let it harden your heart?

Do you let it humble your heart?

SO Here is what faith believes:

  • God does not make mistakes
  • God is too kind to be cruel
  • God always knows what is best for us
  • God is in control, thus we can rest easily
  • And Finally, Faith believes that when we cannot understand the way of God that we can trust the heart of God

               

Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.

                Habakkuk 3:2

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