Read: Haggai 1:1-3; Haggai 2:6-9
When the exiles first returned from Babylon, they set about rebuilding the temple right away. Although they began with the right attitudes, they slipped back into the wrong behaviour and work came to a standstill.
God gave the Jews the ASSIGNMENT to finish the temple in Jerusalem when they returned from captivity. However, they were more concerned by building their own homes and lives than they were the Temple.
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.’ Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your panelled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. “‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”
1. What are we as individuals called to re-build? What is our assignment from God?
Are we continuing to stay in that place of being who we are called to be and doing what we are called to be?
a) Let’s ask God to come and remind us/reveal himself to us once more.
b) Pray for one another to know what God is saying to us and to be released in those things
2. In Haggai ch1:5-9 God was asking the people, how could they be living in Luxury while the HOUSE of God was lying in ruins. The temple was the focal point of Judah’s relationship with God but it was destroyed. People worked harder and had less because they neglected their spiritual lives.
a) Let us be people who do not neglect our spiritual lives. Pray into our spiritual lives that we may hunger for God more
b) Pray into our church family and wider Christian community that we will hunger for more of God in our community.
3. In Haggai 2:6-9 there is a shift from talking about the local temple being built to the worldwide reign of God on earth. “The glory of the present house will be greater than the glory of the former house, says the Lord God Almighty”
a) God has amazing plans for us as a church, a community and nation.
Let pray into us a church …That God will come and shake us even more. That God’s Glory will fall again.
b) As every Christian in Letchworth gathers together may we be partner together to rebuild the temple – Gods kingdom…Serving God together for the greater picture of his Kingdom.
c) God is calling people home to him too…. Lets pray for prodigals and people to know God for the first time.