The Rulers and Prophets of Haggai's Time
Short-Term Consulting, Long-Term Results
1:15 Consulting tends to involve short-term assignments. A consultant signs on to a project, completes the work specified in the contract, and then moves on. In this sense, the prophet Haggai acted like a “consultant” for God in helping the stalled project of rebuilding the temple to get going again. His entire “contract” called for about four months of work, as follows:
Haggai 2:6-7 & 2:21-22
“Once more … I will shake heaven and earth, the sea and dry land; and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory. ”
“I will shake heaven and earth. I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms; I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms. I will overthrow the chariots and those who ride in them; the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother. ”
Served as a prophet to Judah about 520 B.C., after the return from exile.
1) THE CALL TO REBUILT THE TEMPLE (1:1-15)
2) ENCOURAGEMENT TO COMPLETE THE TEMPLE (2:1-23)
When the exiles first returned from Babylon they set about rebuilding the Temple right away. Although they began the right attitudes, they slipped back into wrong behavior, and the work came to a standstill. We need to be on guard to keep our priorities straight. Remain active in your service to God and continue to put first things first.