SNAPSHOT OF HAGGAI
- Date: 520 BC (Persian Empire)
- Theme: If the people will dedicate themselves to God’s work, He will bless them.
- Key Verse(s): Haggai 1:3-4 – Then the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet, saying, “Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses while this house lies desolate?”
- YouTube: For a brief video synopsis, visit fellowshipcleveland.com/the-other-guys and click on “The Bible Project Synopsis” for Haggai.
What projects have you been involved in that started strong but you didn’t finish? Why do you think this happened?
Around 586 BC, the Israelite captivity began with the sacking of Jerusalem. The Babylonians, under the leadership of Nebuchadnezzar, destroyed the great temple Solomon built. The Babylonians took most of the Israelites into captivity, where they spent the next 70 years. Eventually, Babylon was conquered by Persia, and King Cyrus decreed that the Israelites could return home. He ordered the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem and even provided some funding for its completion. As the exiles returned, they began to work on the temple, but ran into obstacles and the work stopped – for about sixteen years. Read Haggai 1:1-15. What was God’s issue with the people of Judah (vs 2-4)?
What did God say was the result from the Israelites choosing not to work on the temple (vs 5-11)?
Do you believe blessing always follows obedience? Why or why not?
What was the people’s response (vs 12-15)? Why do you think they were so quick to obey?
What message of hope and encouragement did God give the people?
Read Haggai 2:1-9. What were the promises that God made? What do you think these promises meant?
Read Haggai 2:10-23. Haggai uses the phrase “consider” or “give careful thought to” numerous times throughout his message. What are the people to “consider” in 2:15 and 18? What consequences are they reminded of in 2:16, 17, and 19? What promise is given?
How would you react if God told you He would be with you and bless you if you obeyed Him?
What does it mean for God to bless you? What would that look like in your life?
If someone were to watch your life for a week, what do you think they would say your priorities are? What do you want your priorities to be? What changes need to be made to reflect those priorities?
Follow the reading plan for the Book of Zechariah for next week.
- Monday 8/20 1-2-3
- Tuesday 8/21 4-5-6
- Wednesday 8/22 7-8-9
- Thursday 8/23 10-11-12
- Friday 8/24 13-14
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Instead of continuing to rebuild the temple, the people of God became distracted and focused on their own wants and needs. Read the following passages; write what you learn about the pursuit of affluence versus wholehearted devotion to God:
- Haggai 1:6
- Haggai 1:9-11
- Haggai 2:1-9
- Haggai 2:10-19
- Matthew 6:19-20
- Philippians 4:11-13
- 1 Timothy 6:7-8
- Hebrews 13:5
Read Matthew 6:25-34. What does Jesus say should be a believers’ priority?
Jesus promises to add everything He knows we need in life when we seek Him first. Why is it so hard to live this?