Haggai 2:20-23; Encouraging Promises; A Promise to Zerubbabel; Let him expect to hear of great commotions in the nations of the earth, and let them not be a surprise to him; behold, he is told of them before: ‘I will shake the heavens and the earth’; Let him expect shaking times, universal concussions; The world is like the sea, like the wheel, always in motion, but sometimes in a special manner turbulent; Our Lord Jesus is the signet on God’s right hand, for all power is given to Him and derived from Him; By Him the great charter of the gospel is signed and ratified, and it is in Him that all the promises of God are yea and amen. B.C. 520

Encouraging Promises; A Promise to Zerubbabel. B. C. 520. 20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,   21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;   22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride Continue Reading

Haggai 2:10-19; Evil More Communicable than Good; Encouragement to Build the Temple; “From this day will I bless you;” Note, When we begin to make conscience of our duty to God we may expect His blessing; and this tree of life is so known by its fruits that one may discern almost to a day a remarkable turn of Providence in favour of those that return in a way of duty; so that they and others may say that “from this day they are blessed”. B.C. 520

Evil More Communicable than Good; Encouragement to Build the Temple. B. C. 520. Haggai 2:10-19 10 In the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,   11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,   12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, Continue Reading

Haggai 2:1-9; The Glory of the Latter House; He dwells among them by His Spirit, the Spirit of prophecy; Note, We have reason to be encouraged as long as we have the Spirit of God remaining among us to work upon us, for so long we have God with us to work for us; Note, The purity of the Church, and the strict adherence to divine institutions, are much more its Glory than external pomp and splendour. B.C. 520

H A G G A I. CHAPTER 2 In this chapter we have three sermons preached by the prophet Haggai for the encouragement of those that are forward to build the temple. In the first he assures the builders that the glory of the house they were now building should, in spiritual respects, though not in outward, exceed that of Solomon's temple, in which he has an eye to the coming of Christ, ver. 1-9. In the second he assures them that though their Continue Reading

Haggai 1:12-15; The People’s Obedience; They looked upon the prophet to be the Lord’s messenger, and the word he delivered to be the Lord’s message to them; and therefore received it not as the word of man, but as the word of Almighty God; Note, A holy fear of God will have a great influence upon our obedience to Him; Serve the Lord with fear; if we fear Him not, we shall not serve Him. B.C. 520

The People's Obedience. B. C. 520. Haggai 1:12-15 12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.   13 Then spake Haggai the LORD's messenger in the LORD's message unto the people, saying, I Continue Reading

Haggai 1:1-11; The Jews Reproved; God’s Controversy with the Jews; The Prophet’s Good Advice; Though God makes use of prophets, He needs them not, He can do His work without them; But the lamp of Old-Testament prophecy shall yet make some bright and glorious efforts before it expire; and Haggai is the first that appears under the character of a special messenger from heaven, when the Word of the Lord had been long precious (as when prophecy began, 1 Sam. 3:1) and there had been no open vision. B.C. 520

H A G G A I. CHAPTER 1 In this chapter, after the preamble of the prophecy, we have, I. A reproof of the people of the Jews for their dilatoriness and slothfulness in building the temple, which had provoked God to contend with them by the judgment of famine and scarcity, with an exhortation to them to resume that good work and to prosecute it in good earnest, ver. 1-11. II. The good success of this sermon, appearing in the people's Continue Reading

Haggai: Introduction

Haggai THE captivity in Babylon gave a very remarkable turn to the affairs of the Jewish church both in history and prophecy. It is made a signal epocha in our Saviour's genealogy, Matt. i. 17. Nine of the twelve minor prophets, whose oracles we have been hitherto consulting, lived and preached before that captivity, and most of them had an eye to it in their prophecies, foretelling it as the just punishment of Jerusalem's wickedness. But Continue Reading