Encouragement and Promise
1On the twenty-first day of the seventh month, #Lv 23:33-432Ch 7:8-10 the word of the Lord came through Haggai the prophet: 2“Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and to the remnant of the people: 3Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Doesn’t it seem like nothing to you? # Lit Is it not in your eyes? #1Kg 5:13-16|NoBook| 6:381Ch 29:1-8Ezr 3:10-13Zch 4:10 4Even so, be strong, Zerubbabel” — this is the Lord’s declaration. #Jos 1:6-91Ch 28:10 “Be strong, Joshua son of Jehozadak, high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land” — this is the Lord’s declaration. “Work! For I am with you” #Hg 1:13Zch 8:9 — the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. 5“This is the promise I made to you when you came out of Egypt, #Ex 33:14-17 and My Spirit is present among you; don’t be afraid.”
6For the Lord of Hosts says this: “Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, #Hg 2:21 the sea and the dry land. #Is 64:2Ezk 38:19-20Heb 12:26-28 7I will shake all the nations so that the treasures of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,” #Ex 40:34-351Kg 8:10-11Is 60:1-13 says the Lord of Hosts. 8“The silver and gold belong to Me” — this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. 9“The final glory of this house # Or The glory of this latter house will be greater than the first,” #Mt 12:42 says the Lord of Hosts. “I will provide peace in this place” #Is 60:18 — this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
From Deprivation to Blessing
10On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to Haggai the prophet: 11“This is what the Lord of Hosts says: Ask the priests for a ruling. #Mal 2:7 12If a man is carrying consecrated meat in the fold of his garment, and it touches bread, stew, wine, oil, or any other food, does it become holy? ” #Jr 11:15
The priests answered, “No.”
13Then Haggai asked, “If someone defiled by contact with a corpse touches any of these, does it become defiled? ” #Lv 11:3922:4-6Nm 19:11-13
The priests answered, “It becomes defiled.”
14Then Haggai replied, “So is this people, and so is this nation before Me” — this is the Lord’s declaration. “And so is every work of their hands; even what they offer there is defiled.
15“Now, reflect back from this day: Before one stone was placed on another in the Lord’s temple, 16what state were you in? # Hb obscure When someone came to a grain heap of 20 measures, it only amounted to 10; when one came to the winepress to dip 50 measures from the vat, it only amounted to 20. 17I struck you — all the work of your hands — with blight, mildew, #Dt 28:221Kg 8:37Am 4:9 and hail, #Ps 105:32-33 but you didn’t turn to Me” — this is the Lord’s declaration. 18“Consider carefully #Hg 1:5 from this day forward; from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, from the day the foundation of the Lord’s temple was laid; consider it carefully. 19Is there still seed left in the granary? The vine, the fig, the pomegranate, and the olive tree have not yet produced. But from this day on I will bless you.” #Zch 8:9-13
Promise to Zerubbabel
20The word of the Lord came to Haggai a second time on the twenty-fourth day of the month: 21“Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah: I am going to shake the heavens and the earth. #Hg 2:6-7Ezk 38:19-20 22I will overturn royal thrones and destroy the power of the Gentile kingdoms. #Gn 19:25Am 4:11 I will overturn chariots and their riders. Horses and their riders will fall, each by his brother’s sword. 23On that day” — this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts — “I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, My servant” — this is the Lord’s declaration — “and make you like My signet ring, #Est 8:8Jr 22:23-25 for I have chosen you.” #Mt 1:12-13 This is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.