Haggai 2 Outline
– God promised the new temple will be more glorious (Haggai 2:1-9)
– God reminded the Israelites about their selfishness in the past (Haggai 2:10-19)
– God made a promise to Governor Zerubbabel (Haggai 2:20-23)
Haggai 2 Summary
In Haggai 2, God remind his people how glorious the temple of Jerusalem used to be in the past. He told the people to cheer up because he is going to be with them as they work in rebuilding the temple. He will give them peace. He will shake other nations so that they will bring all sorts of treasures to the temple. God promised that this new temple will be more glorious than the previous temple.
In Haggai 2:12-13, God emphasizes on how an unholy life affects others. God wants his people to live a holy life for him. He wants them to love him and be faithful to him.
In Haggai 2:14-19, God remind them about the bitter life they had in the past. When they did not put God as priority in life, God will take away their life necessities so that they will always lack.
In Haggai 2:20-23, it concerns about the coming of Jesus for the second time on earth. God wants us to put him first than other possessions. The possession we accumulate on earth will only last temporarily. When we die, we cannot take our possessions with us so we should always put priority in God’s matters.
Haggai 2 Bible Study
1. Put God First in Every Aspect of Your Life
God promises to bless the Israelites in abundance in the days ahead because they repented and put him first in their lives. Today, there are many Christians that never spend time with God. Instead of putting God first in our lives, we put our needs such as money, family and etc first in our lives. You should take time to identify your life and ask yourself whether you have put God first in every aspect of your life.
2. Surrender your Valuables to God
Every day, you must spend some time with God. The time you set apart for God must be the priority over other activities in your schedule. Your personal pursuits should be something God wants you to do otherwise it is just wasting time. You must be willing to surrender all that is precious to you including money, properties, families and etc. For example, if God ask you to give away a large sum of money, you should give it away. God often use the most precious things to test our hearts. He just want to know whether you love him enough to surrender your most precious things to him. When you are willing to obey and do what God asks, you will receive blessings.
3. Don’t Worry Too Much about Life Necessities
In Matthew 6:25-34, Jesus tell us not to worry about our lives too much. If we seek him and put his kingdom first, God will make sure that you don’t lack in anything. He will make sure that you have the money to pay your bills. He will take care of all your needs because you look after his flock. God will bless you if he is the first one you seek in your life. Therefore, you should identify areas in your life that are not honoring God and make the adjustments.