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Bible Commentaries

Bell's Commentary on the Bible

Haggai 2

Verses 1-23

    1. Sermon #2 (2:1-9)
    2. (1) Last day of the “Feast of Tab.”…a Jewish Thanksgiving of sorts.
    3. (3) Only those over 70 could remember the glory of the former temple.
      1. Ezra 3:8-13 talks about the younger rejoicing & the older weeping.
      2. Here he addresses the older that remember.
    4. Temples:
      1. Solomons – David’s Heart to build God a home. Destroyed by Neb.(586bc)at destruction of Jer.
      2. Zerubbabels – Completed & dedicated(516bc). Desecrated in 169bc by Antiochus Epiphanes.
      3. Herod’s – Actually a restoration of Zer. Built from 19bc-to nearly complete inad70. Destroyed then. Since then no phys Temple.
      4. Present Temple – In the heart of the believer. “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,”; “you are the temple of the living God.”
      5. Temple of Rev.11 – Will be constructed during the Trib. Desecrated by Anti-Christ. Destroyed at end of trib.
      6. Millennium Temple –Ezek.40-42 gives the details. The builder the Messiah Himself.
      7. Eternal Temple – Rev.21:22 No temple in New Jer. because Lord God Almighty & the Lamb are its Temple!
      8. (9) So, His Glory is greater in this one(actually the remodel) Why? Because the incarnate one visits it personally!
    5. Sermon #3 (2:10-19)
    6. (12-14) A healthy person can’t impart health upon a sick person. A holy person can’t pass on his holiness to another. However, a sinful person can pass on their sin!
      1. “You can have a muddy glove, but not a glovey mud!”
      2. The people’s offerings were only as valid as the character of the offerers!
      3. Though they were engaged in work in a holy place(temple)that did not of itself make them holy.
    7. (15-19) When more turns out to be less…we need to “take a look” at interrogating ourselves!
      1. Some of you interrogate too far & too much…some never do!
      2. Note: When adversity knocks we can’t automatically assume that we are out of sync w/God!...but we may be, & so we examine! (spiritual autopsy’s)
      3. (16) Here was a farmer standing there guessing he’ll net 20 measures of grain, only ends up w/10.
        1. The person trampling grapes in the wine vat thinks, “I’ll get 50 measures”,…only winds up w/20.
      4. (17) Gods Jack-hammer! (Jim Townsend; The Minor Prophets; pg.68) – Blasting away to get his people’s attention!
    8. Sermon #4 (2:20-23)
      1. The same day as the 3rd sermon. [only 4 months all together of prophetic ministry we know of!]
      2. The theme… “A whole lot of shaken going on!”
      3. There was the international shake-up in vs.7.
      4. And now, not only earthquakes but heaven-quakes!
    9. (23) Signet ring!
      1. See Jer.22:24 for a contrast.
        1. This is Jehoiachin (Zerubbabel’s grandfather)
      2. This was especially made ring worn by the king that served as his official signature on documents.
        1. What a branding iron is to our western cattle owners.
      3. For Zerubbabel he was encouraged “you are safe on God’s hand!”
        1. I dare you…take the ring off God’s finger!
        2. He also had the seal of God’s promise to provide a future Messiah from David’s line!
          1. In fact he is in both lineages because it “Y’s” off at his name thus being in both Mary & Josephs family tree!
      4. It speaks then of ownership but also your signature represents who you are!
        1. To use someone else’s signature is fraud…unless you are given power of attorney!
        2. The Power of Attorney – “…authorizes the named agent to act on behalf of the signer in any legal circumstance.”
        3. “People will give another person power of attorney when they are ill or for other reasons are unable to conduct their own affairs, or when they are absent from home or business for a long period of time.” (Encarta® 98 Desk Encyclopedia © & 1996-97 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.)
        4. Jesus said he would be physically absent for a time, but promised to return(Jn.14). In the meanwhile we are to “do business on His behalf” until His return!
        5. Saints, He has made us also His signet ring/his seal…because He chose us also!
          1. Eph.1:13,14 “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
        6. You are valued; you are Gods signature; you are precious to Him!
      5. Hear these promises! - “I am with you”; “in this place I will give peace”; “from this day I will bless you”; “I have chosen you”.
        1. These promises remain for anyone today who put their priorities in order. (Obed. necessary in the NT?)
        2. Mt.6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
        3. Jn.15:10a “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love,”
        4. Jn.15:14 “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”
        5. Putting God 1st is here to stay! (Chuck Swindoll; pg.95)
      6. Augustus Toplady (Anglican Hymn Writer 1740-1778; wrote “Rock of Ages”) – In the hymn “A Debtor to Mercy Alone”:
      7. My name from the palms of His hands - Eternity will not erase
        Impressed on His heart it remains - In marks of indelible grace.
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Bell, Brian. "Commentary on Haggai 2". "Bell's Commentary". 2017.