The spiritual legacy which Haggai has left us is, "the assurance that God will be with his people when they act in faith and obedience to the demand that he be given the first place.". 1. seventh month--of the Hebrew year; in the second year of Darius reign ( Haggai 1:1 ); not quite a month after they had begun the work ( Haggai 1:15 ). (v. 2) God’s instructions concerning the message Haggai is to deliver (v. 3-9) God’s message for Zerubbabel, Joshua, and the people (v. 3) God asks three questions (v. 4-5) God’s gives three commands. Compare 1 Corinthians 3:12 , where gold and silver represent the most precious things ( Zechariah 2:5 ). Only God had the right to declare anything "holy" or "defiled" regarding ceremonial uncleanness. Jesus Christ is the desire of all nations; people are yearning for Him, longing for Him, even though they do not know it. Now, with reference to whether or not Haggai fully understood all the Lord said through him, we may freely concede that he most probably did not, but as we have repeatedly observed, the subjective imaginations and guesses by scholars trying to figure out what they suppose Haggai thought he was saying are absolutely irrelevant. "Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: ask now the priests concerning the law, saying, If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any food, shall it become holy? 15. consider--literally, "lay it to heart." Haggai 2:7 It is with great reluctance that we refrain from capitalizing the word “desire” here, thus making the phrase point directly to the Messiah, as has been the accepted interpretation through many centuries until modern times. "Holy flesh" (that is, the flesh of a sacrifice, Jeremiah 11:15 ), indeed, makes holy the "skirt" in which it is carried; but that "skirt" cannot impart its sanctity to any thing beyond, as "bread," &c. ( Leviticus 6:27 ). Haggai 1:1-12. . "Consider, I pray you, from this day and backward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, since the day that the foundation of Jehovah's temple was laid, consider it.". You people seem to have another objection, claiming that you are entitled to God's blessings already, because you have erected an altar and make sacrifices to God. Moses in excitement omitting the bracketed words ( Exodus 32:26 ). " And, of course, both the Matthew and Lucan genealogies show that this was exactly fulfilled. (Significantly, Haggai here connected the very class of disasters modern man likes to explain solely upon the basis of "natural causes" as judgmental in character.). Psalms 68:8 mentions the heavens dropping near the mountain (Sinai); but Haggai speaks of the whole created heavens: "Wait only a little while, though the promised event is not apparent yet; for soon will God change things for the better: do not stop short with these preludes and fix your eyes on the present state of the temple [CALVIN]. . Alcibiades replies, "When shall that time arrive, and who shall that Teacher be? Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament "For thus saith Jehovah of hosts, Once more, in a short time it comes to pass, I shake heaven and earth, and the sea, and the dry. Then Haggai said, "If one who is unclean from a corpse touches any of these, will the latter become unclean?" Haggai 2, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. So the spiritual Israel is sealed in their covenant head by His Spirit ( 2 Corinthians 1:20 2 Corinthians 1:22 , Ephesians 1:4 Ephesians 1:13 Ephesians 1:14 ). "The word ... came the second time ..." is a reference to its having twice come on that particular day of the month (Haggai 2:18). Biblical Commentary Haggai 1:15b – 2:9 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Haggai is a post-exilic prophet, serving during the period following the Babylonian Exile. This is apparently mentioned to indicate that: This passage is "unmistakably Messianic. (1-9) Their sins hindered the work. Haggai 2 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Encouragement and Promise. ?" Greater glory promised to the second temple than to the first. May the Lord ever bless the study of His Sacred Word! The shaking began introductory to the … There has hardly been a generation of men upon the earth that did not witness the rise and fall of human kingdoms; and according to Christ this is a situation that will not change (Matthew 24:6-9). [2:1 In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the LORD by the prophet Haggai, saying, […] "Those things were the punishment of his people for their unfaithfulness (Haggai 2:15-19). So "a man of desires," that is, one desired or desirable ( Daniel 9:23 , 10:11 , Margin; Daniel 10:3 , Margin). "In this place ..." As Keil accurately pointed out, "This place is not the temple, but the city of Jerusalem," from which place the word of the Lord went forth from Mount Zion. (After construction had promptly begun and the outline of the new Temple began to appear.) THERE is the true glory of God's temple. And I shake all nations, and the costly of all nations will come, and I shall fill this house with glory, saith Jehovah of hosts. "Yet once more ..." raises the question of what was the first occasion of God's shaking the earth and the heavens, etc.? We’ll read that. Speaking of the glory of that first Temple, it must indeed have been a magnificent splendor. Charles L. Feinberg discussed this verse as follows: "Moreover, in Hebrew an abstract noun is often used instead of the concrete; thus a reference to the Messiah is not automatically ruled out on the basis of language considerations. Say this to them. . Is the seed yet in the barn?--implying, It is not. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. 11. 8. . 4 Dr. Constable's Notes on Haggai 2020 Edition 561-60 Release of exiled king Jehoiachin The continuity of the prophecies of the Messiah, reaching all the way back to Genesis 3:15 demanded the continuity of Israel. When God was with his people, they were indeed glorified, and all of the alleged inferiority of the new temple would be nullified and compensated for by the presence of the Lord himself who was moving toward the accomplishment of his eternal purpose through the instrumentality of the "once chosen" people in bringing forth the Messiah into the world. 5-9. Judah would continue throughout history. "Every one by the sword of his brother ..." That is the "modus operandi" of the divine will. PLATO [Alcibiades, 2] shows the yearning of the Gentiles after a spiritual deliverer: "It is therefore necessary," says Alcibiades on the subject of acceptable worship, "to wait until One teach us how we ought to behave towards the gods and men." Some of you older ones remember the glory and extravagant wealth of the First Temple, and you are belittling this one because of its inferiority in your eyes; but the glory of this house shall exceed that of the first (Haggai 2:9). . Announce this news about God the same yesterday, today, and forever … Continue reading "Commentary on Haggai 1:15b-2:9" (Romans 8:31). 12. This is the same ninth month, Chisleu, corresponding to November/December. So-called "modern man" is inclined to reject any view that connects his earthly success with concern for holy religion, but he is profoundly wrong in this. There has never been founded a "permanent" earthly kingdom. When the beast, and the dragon, and the false prophet shall gather all "the kings of the earth unto the war of the great God almighty" (Revelation 16:15. First, if a man carries holy meat (meat offered in a sacrifice) in the fold of his garment and touches bread (or other food) with this garment, will that food become holy? Similarly, Jesus, the true Messiah, was the true "Son of David," a title held by Zerubbabel only by accommodation. so--or, "and." Note also the deduction in Hebrews to the effect that the second "shaking" is to be infinitely more violent than the first, even to the extent of removing the material things that are shaken. temple was laid--The first foundation beneath the earth had been long ago laid in the second year of Cyrus, 535 B.C. THIRD PROPHECY. . for I am with you--The greatest strength is to have Jehovah with us as our strength. Haggai 2:14. THE TWENTY-FIRST DAY OF THE SEVENTH MONTH: God revealed another message to Haggai almost one month later, on the twenty-first day of the seventh month (Tishri, modern October 17) of the same year, 520 BC. ? "That day" mentioned in this final passage, as Galley pointed out "is the Day of the Lord when the heavens and the earth will be shaken," in fact removing the fulfillment of the prophecy to times long subsequent to Haggai. That the priests consulted by Haggai in this passage had anything to do with what was incorporated into the Pentateuch is impossible to believe. " And, while it is true enough that it "has a comprehensive meaning, signifying total mental, spiritual, and physical well-being," "peace" is the primary meaning of the word; and it is thus used at the present time by Jews all over the world. However, there were strong impediments to such an execution. Again, it is the glory of the New Covenant in Christ Jesus that provides the complete fulfillment of the passage. Therefore, we apply Haggai 2:7 to God's true temple, the Church of Jesus Christ. Haggai himself, though a prophet, must ask the priests concerning the law. The fusion of the gospel age and the Judgment is common in Biblical prophecy. So the paths to sin are manifold: the paths to holiness one, and that one of difficult access [GROTIUS]. "The shaking of the nations ..." Before leaving Haggai 2:7, it must be pointed out that the "shaking of nations" is going on continually. Haggai 2 Commentary Rosscup : This work came out in 1856. At the establishment of the Sinaitic covenant, only the earth was shaken to introduce it, but now heaven and earth and all things are to be shaken, that is, along with prodigies in the world of nature, all kingdoms that stand in the way of Messiah's kingdom, "which cannot be shaken," are to be upturned ( Daniel 2:35 Daniel 2:44 , Matthew 21:44 ). New American Standard Version. That kind of a kingdom was their idea, not God's; and, as a consequence, they arrogantly forsook their true religion, rebelled against God, forsook his holy law, and became as reprobate as the heathen; whereupon God destroyed their beloved worldly kingdoms which the people had come to idolize. His prophets had foretold the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. In this, uttered the very same day as the third message, Haggai returned to the prophecy of final judgment and ultimate salvation of God's people. fill this house with glory--( Haggai 2:9 ). 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