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Live Life! God's way

2 1 on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says:…

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Live Life! God's way

I have been recently studying, meditating and preaching from Haggai, one of those Minor Prophets many of us overlook.   Haggai is the 2nd shortest book in the Old Testament with only 2 chapters, 38 verses.  In 4 short sermons God uses His spokesman to bring God’s perspective to the people of God who needed to rebuild their priority list.

The Speaker?  What do we know about Haggai?  Not much.  He is referred to in this book and in 2 references in the historical book of Ezra (5:1, 6:14) as “the Prophet.”  We know nothing of his age or ancestry, his home community.   His name which means “festival” or “festive” from ‘hag’ – a feast perhaps indicates the day on which he was born, but we know this without precision.  His 4 month preaching series in the fall of 520 B.C. was powerfully used by God.

The Sermons?

#1 “God’s Priorities…

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Only going to ask this once…

Anyone ever had this conversation with a toddler?

Adult: “Do you want cereal or pancakes for breakfast?”

Toddler: “I want ice cream.”

Adult: “Listen to the choices: pancakes or cereal.”

Adult: “Do you want cereal or pancakes for breakfast?”

Toddler: “I want ice cream.”

Adult: “Listen to the choices: pancakes or cereal.”

Adult: “Do you want cereal or pancakes for breakfast?”

Toddler: “I want ice cream.”

 

I now close this scene prematurely and leave to your imagination where it goes from there. Could be good; could be bad.

I transpose this conversation now to politics.

Adult: “Do you want Obama or Romney for President?”

Answer the question. Unacceptable toddler answers include any name that is NOT Obama or Romney; toddler answers also include: ” I am not going to vote.” “I will now have a tantrum because I don’t like my choices.” And the ever popular: “You are mean!”

 

Do you want Obama or Romney for President?  I am only going to ask this once….

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