In the book of Haggai, God rebuked the people for caring about themselves first. After the Israelite return from exile to Jerusalem, they started to think for themselves by building houses and planting crops to make a living. They were so busy caring for themselves that they had forgotten about God’s temple which remained a ruin at that time. The abandonment of God’s temple show that the people were lack of respect to God. Because of that, God did not bless them and they always lack in everything.
God sent the prophet Haggai to tell the people to don’t be selfish and care only for themselves as this is foolishness. Haggai advised the people to seek God’s kingdom first by building God’s temple and then God will bless them with abundance. In Matthew 6:33 KJV, but seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
After Haggai spoke to the people, Zerubbabel Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest and the remnant of the Israelite began to work on the building of the temple.
In Haggai 2:1-9, people from different nations will come bringing precious goods and fill the house with treasures. We should give generously to all kinds of ministry so that God’s kingdom can be furthered. If you are generous in sharing your money and food, God will always bless you back. We should do our best to help everyone including Christians and non Christians because we are all God’s creations.
In the end, they finally finished rebuilding God’s temple. God promised to be with the people and make them prosperous because they were obedient to his commands.
I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35 KJV)
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (Luke 6:38 KJV)
There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself. (Proverbs 11:24-25 KJV)
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21 KJV)
Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard. (Proverbs 21:13 KJV)
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (Proverbs 19:17 KJV)
Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. (Luke 12:33 KJV)
What Can We Learn from Haggai?
The prophet Haggai was successful in persuading the people to rebuild the temple because he said it at the right time when their lives were not in good circumstances. God often used difficult circumstances to make us think about our sins so that we can turn back to him.
We often give excuses that we have no time for God. Everyone is busy and have not enough time to do all they want to do. We must learn to put God first and make time available for him, instead of looking for free time to do God’s work. In this way, we will be able to honor God.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6 KJV)
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Luke 12:31 KJV)
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, (Mark 10:29 KJV)
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. (John 6:27 KJV)
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10 KJV)
O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing. (Psalms 34:9-10 KJV)
My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. He layeth up sound wisdom for the righteous: he is a buckler to them that walk uprightly. He keepeth the paths of judgment, and preserveth the way of his saints. Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. (Proverbs 2:1-9 KJV)
For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. (Psalm 84:11-12 KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Romans 14:17 KJV)
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17 KJV)
The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever. (Psalms 37:18 KJV)