Prophetic Voices – Haggai 2:1-5, 9, 15-19
H – A – GG – A – I
Home – Haggai 1:4 – At home the children of Israel forgot their manners. Like children they thought of themselves first and forgot God.
Allegory—Haggai 2:10-14 – Like many of the prophets Haggai spoke in parables and allegories. Israel was likened to an individual who spread his or her uncleanness.
God’s Goodness – Haggai 2:4,5 In spite of the past God promises restoration. The wonderful promise includes God’s very presence. The presence of God is a tremendous blessing of comfort if only we take time to enjoy it.
Affirmation – Haggai 2:9 – The restored temple would enjoy a glory unlike the old temple. The restored temple would be blessed with peace.
Initiation – Haggai 1:14 – The spirit stirred in the leaders who began to rebuild. We need the stirring of the spirit to take the first step.
Exemplary Story – As they drove home from the Science Fair the mother asked Susan if she did not owe Brian an apology. Susan apologized to little Brian for scolding him so harshly. Then Susan said, “You know, if it wasn’t for Brian, I might not have won.” Susan had won first prize with her exhibit on “How to hatch a chicken.”
That wasn’t her planned project. Earlier in the week she had been babysitting her little brother while their mother went to the doctor. While Susan was occupied with some chores for her mother, Brian had become fascinated with the volcano she made for the science fair. Unfortunately he tipped the card table where the volcano sat, and the whole project was destroyed when it fell onto the garage floor.
Susan did not know what to do and she scolded Brian until he began to cry. When Susan’s mother returned from the doctor’s office both Susan and Brian were in tears. Susan pleaded with her mother to help her, since the fair was the next day. Little Brian had received a chick incubator for Easter, and Mother suggested that Susan borrow little Brian’s chick incubator to show students how to hatch a chick. She did and she won first prize.
Truly the glory of the former project never measured up to the glory of the latter. The prophet foresaw a new glory that would be found in the new temple, and that was the glory of the Messiah, Jesus.