The Book Of Haggai | Haggai 1:1-5 - Then Came The Word Of The Lord
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Haggai 1:1-5 - In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD'S house should be built. Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying, Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
A few weeks back we looked at the reality that Judah perfectly understood what God wanted them to accomplish. They were sent back to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple, but now we find them in this state of indecision. The excuse they developed to justify this status was the idea that timing just wasn’t right to do what God so clearly asked of them. While in this state of indecision, they had no trouble taking care of themselves and building their own houses while God’s house lies waste. So God sends Haggai the prophet to address his people, and in doing so adds relevance to an idea I believe we need to address.
Many of God’s people the world over have been given this idea that they should not make a move in the direction of service to God until God sends them some external revelation informing them to do what they plainly know from scripture God wants them to accomplish.
Without this special external revelation, they feel somehow hindered from moving forward in the Christian life.
The plain commands from scripture no longer suffice as our final authority. Of course, we give ascent to the idea that scripture is our authority, but then we sit and wait for a feeling, a notion, a leading, peace about this or that, all the while allowing our actions to display a reality that is very different from our acknowledgments.
The book of Haggai informs us of the danger that comes from spiritual procrastination, especially when we blame God for doing so. Judah received clear instruction from God, they knew exactly what God wanted them to do, but they allowed adversity to prevent them.
God had no reason to speak to them further until the work they were given was accomplished.
Instead of busying themselves with that work, they waited for a time that wasn’t coming, that is they desired further revelation from God that was unnecessary. As a result, “Then Came The Word Of The Lord.” Ten times in scripture, this exact phrase is used, and every time it’s used judgment follows.
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