Book type: Prophets (Minor)
No. of chapters: 2
Key character(s): God, Haggai.
Brief description: Haggai – Encouragement to reconsider priorities.
01) God’s people must reconsider materialistic priorities in light of God’s call (1:1-15)
02) God’s people must reconsider priorities in light of God’s promises & power (2:1-9)
03) God’s people must reconsider the priority of a pure life (2:10-19)
04) God’s people must reconsider God’s power to overcome opposition (2:20-23)
Haggai means “festive”, “solemnity” in Hebrew.
Will the people of God reconsider their priorities, take courage, & act on the basis of God’s promises? God sought to warn his people to heed his words. Not only did he warn them bt he offered promises through his servant Haggai to motivate them to follow him.
The Book of Haggai emphasises 3 major doctrines:
01) God is in control of all the nations of the earth & can remove political opposition to his work.
02) The people of God need to reject a defeatist attitude & act on the basis of God’s promises.
03) God will bless those who strive for purity & those give priority to his desires.
Haggai asks us:
01) To examine our priorities to see if we are more interested in our own pleasure than doing the work of God.
02) To reject a defeatist attitude when we run into opposition or discouraging circumstances.
03) To confess our failures & seek to live pure lives before God.
04) To act courageously for God because we have the assurance that He is with us always & is in full control of our circumstances.
05) To rest secure in God’s hands knowing that He will abundantly bless us as we faithfully serve him.
[Source: NIV Disciple’s Study Bible]
Haggai 1:3-4 (ANIV)
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?”
Haggai 1:13 (ANIV)
Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord.