Salem Media Group. my Spirit remaineth among you--to strengthen you for the work ( Haggai 1:14 , Zechariah 4:6 ). The inward glory of New Testament redemption far exceeds the outward glory of the Old Testament dispensation. For most glad would I be to see such a man." Affliction will harden the heart, if not referred to God as its author [MOORE]. Commentary on Haggai 2:10-19 (Read Haggai 2:10-19) Many spoiled this good work, by going about it with unholy hearts and hands, and were likely to gain no advantage by it. (Baldwin) 2. "The shaking of the nations ..." Before leaving Haggai 2:7, it must be pointed out that the "shaking of nations" is going on continually. The Jews before the destruction of Jerusalem all expected Messiah would appear in the second temple. 9. Therefore, we apply Haggai 2:7 to God's true temple, the Church of Jesus Christ. 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. "Is it not in your eyes as nothing ...?" "I smote you with blasting and mildew and with hail in all the work of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith Jehovah.". War chariots are to give place to His reign of peace ( Micah 5:10 , Zechariah 9:10 ). Despite the fact of the uncleanness in Numbers being a reference to uncleanness caused by a dead body; the principle would of necessity apply to all uncleanness. The reference is to the manner of God's looking upon "time." "The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith Jehovah of hosts.". He gives them encouraging words in 2:1-9. Well, that is a very small thing; and holiness is not that contagious! The first is the final advent of Christ in the final judgment. All rights reserved. Haggai 2:20. God shook the heavens by the lightnings at Sinai; the earth, that it should give forth waters; the sea, that it should be divided asunder. After this appeal to lay to heart the past time during which the blessing had been withheld, Haggai called upon the people in Haggai 2:18 and Haggai 2:19 to fix their eyes upon the time which was commencing with that very day. Also, he built a temple, as Christ built the far greater Temple of his Church. Through two whole generations of pollution incurred by you in the land of your captivity, you are thoroughly unclean; and nothing but a wholehearted return of the whole remnant (all the returnees) to God, and their diligent service to God continually will really entitle you to God's blessings. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. On the other hand, a legally "unclean" person imparts his uncleanness to any thing, whereas a legally holy thing cannot confer its sanctity on an "unclean" person ( Numbers 19:11 Numbers 19:13 Numbers 19:22 ). He led the people out of slavery; Christ leads men out of sin; he built a temple; Christ built the greater temple of his Church; etc. 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. It is competent in exegetical detail of a reformed nature, explaining much in the books, but disappointing … . (Romans 8:31). even from the day that the foundation of … 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. Let's have none of that nonsense about the time not being ripe; do you suppose the times are ripe for you to live in your nice houses while the house of God lies in ruins ? 13. "And I will shake all nations ..." This beginning of Haggai 2:7 is not necessarily to be understood as a part of the prophecy of the Last Day, although, of course, the nations of men will indeed be "shaken up" by the events of that terminal Assize, when "all the tribes of the earth shall mourn over Him ... and cry for the rocks and the mountains to hide them." The priests were the authorized expounders of the law ( Leviticus 10:11 , Deuteronomy 33:10 , Ezekiel 44:23 , Malachi 2:7 ). from the four and twentieth day . Haggai 2 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary has been relied on by millions in their daily studies for more than 90 years One wonders what "earthly powers" could be meant by that! The fusion of the gospel age and the Judgment is common in Biblical prophecy. The Jews seem to have made considerable progress in the work in the interval ( Haggai 2:15-18 ). So Hebrews 12:26 , which quotes this passage; the apostle compares the heavier punishment which awaits the disobedient under the New Testament with that which met such under the Old Testament. 16. According to the word that--literally, "(I am with you) the word (or thing) which I covenanted"; that is, I am with you as I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt ( Exodus 19:5 Exodus 19:6 , Exodus 34:10 Exodus 34:11 ). He still rides upon our unhappy planet. Haggai 2:7 plainly connects the filling of God's house with glory to the prior fact of the "Desire of all nations" having been brought into it; and "the desirable things" of all nations such as their wealth, their gold and silver, could not in any sense be viewed as "the glory" of God's house. Thus, Haggai applied the analogy we have already discussed under the previous verses. Zerubbabel will be a signet ring to God. Visit our library of inductive Bible studies for more in depth inductive studies on this and other books of the Bible you can use in your small group. Salvation and Judgment are the twin themes of these two Messianic prophecies here and in Haggai 1:1-9. Copyright © 2021, Bible Study Tools. True, there had been a gross misunderstanding on secular Israel's part about what God's blessing meant, most of them interpreting it to mean that God would help them subdue all earthly enemies and incorporate the defeated nations into Israel's "godless state" or "kingdom," which was a concept foreign to God altogether. Read Haggai 2 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). 2:7. The Hebrew for "once" expresses the indefinite article "a" [MAURER]. 3Adapted from Carol L. Meyers and Eric M. Meyers, Haggai, Zechariah 1—8, p. xxxi. As long as a substantial proportion of a nation are God-fearing, honest, Christ-worshipping people, the land prospers, much of the prosperity spilling over to bless blatant and unrepentant sinners; but when the character of a whole nation is changed, the blessings of God are invariably withheld. We find it in 1:1-12.Let’s read that. ninth month--three days more than two months from the second prophecy ( Haggai 2:1 ); in the month Chisleu, the lunar one about the time of our December. . Be strong (Zerubbabel, Joshua, and people) Work. "[27] And, of course, both the Matthew and Lucan genealogies show that this was exactly fulfilled. (2) Messiah was not desired by all nations, but "a root out of a dry ground," having "no beauty that we should desire Him" ( Isaiah 53:2 ). "[1], "Speak now to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the High Priest, and to the remnant of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in its former glory? In the second case, regarding the transferability, or contagiousness of defilement, their answer fully conformed to Numbers 19:11,22, but in the first situation, regarding the same quality as applied to holiness, their answer conformed exactly to all situations where the Lord had not spoken; and they declined to make a law where God had not provided one. Being worn on the finger, it was an object of constant regard. when the Babylonians, led by Nebuchadnezzar, sacked Jerusalem, destroyed the temple, killed many of … Also, God's being with the old Israel must be considered as a type and symbol of his being with his church throughout the ages. "I will shake the heavens and the earth ..." This is repeated from Haggai 2:6 (see notes on that passage), and will be elaborated and expanded in this final outburst of Messianic prophecy. The Hebrew for to "covenant" is literally "to cut," alluding to the sacrificial victims cut in ratification of a covenant. The only "glory" that mattered, and the only glory that had any permanent value was that of God Himself. "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? . Besides, Messiah may be described as realizing in Himself at His coming "the desires (the noun expressing collectively the plural) of all nations"; whence the verb is plural. Before leaving this wonderful Messianic prophecy, we must call attention to the rendition of the KJV in Haggai 2:7, which reads: In every way, this translation is far more suitable than subsequent renditions. How will God destroy the nations of men? Why is that? As the first temple was filled with the cloud of glory, the symbol of God ( 1 Kings 8:11 , 2 Chronicles 5:14 ), so this second temple was filled with the "glory" of God ( John 1:14 ) veiled in the flesh (as it were in the cloud) at Christ's first coming, when He entered it and performed miracles there ( Matthew 21:12-14 ); but that "glory" is to be revealed at His second coming, as this prophecy in its ulterior reference foretells ( Malachi 3:1 ). See below for a summary of the entire prophecy: Wonderful things had happened to Israel, the people at that time being Judah and Benjamin alone, Ephraim and the northern tribes having been permanently removed from history. Go up to the mountains; cut the timber, and get on with the work, now! Eugene H. Merrill, An Exegetical Commentary: Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, pp. The "there" points to the altar, probably in view of the audience which the prophet addressed. The final Judgment itself is part of this dispensation just like the Church, both of them standing in the prophecies of events of the "last days." What they commanded in case (2) was already covered. As is characteristic of practically all of the prophecies of the Final Judgment, this one also mingles revelations with it that would appear to have their primary fulfillment in the kingdom of Christ, which is the Church. . For example: We reject out of hand the notion that we have in this so-called "pericope" a picture of the making of the Old Testament. New American Standard Version. 21. to Zerubbabel--Perhaps Zerubbabel had asked as to the convulsions foretold ( Haggai 2:6 Haggai 2:7 ). Zerubbabel stands in both of them. 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 ). This writer does not claim any competence to decide such a question of Hebrew grammar; but, upon the unequivocal analysis of such a scholar as Feinberg (Dean, and Professor of Semitics, Talbot Theological Seminary, La Mirada, California), which, as far as we are able to determine is not contradicted by any authority whatever, we must in conscience receive the rendition which, to us, is clearly demanded by the entire context. That exile began in 587 B.C. This, of course, is the royal badge of the Church's glory: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of you" (Matthew 18:20). ?" Jesus Christ is the desire of all nations; people are yearning for Him, longing for Him, even though they do not know it. The Jews note five points of inferiority: The absence from the second temple of (1) the sacred fire; (2) the Shekinah; (3) the ark and cherubim; (4) the Urim and Thummim; (5) the spirit of prophecy. Well, how about the Med-fly in California this very day? So, in the case of the individual poor believer, God, if He pleased, could bestow gold and silver, but He bestows far better treasures, the possession of which might be endangered by that of the former ( James 2:5 ). "Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, saith Jehovah; and be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozodak, the High Priest; and be strong, all ye people of the land, saith Jehovah, and work: for I am with you, saith Jehovah of hosts.". "Every one by the sword of his brother ..." That is the "modus operandi" of the divine will. In fact, Numbers 19:22 makes precisely that application of it. . . By the first case, "this people" is not made "holy" by their offerings "there" (namely, on the altar built in the open air, under Cyrus, Ezra 3:3 ); though the ritual sacrifice can ordinarily sanctify outwardly so far as it reaches ( Hebrews 9:13 ), as the "holy flesh" sanctified the "skirt," yet it cannot make the offerers in their persons and all their works acceptable to God, because lacking the spirit of obedience ( 1 Samuel 15:22 ) so long as they neglected to build the Lord's house. ... for their lips should keep this knowledge, and the people should enquire the law at their mouth, Mal. https://www.insight.org/resources/bible/the-minor-prophets/haggai Those employed for God may be driven from their work by a storm, yet they must go back to it. The signet of an Eastern monarch was the sign of delegated authority; so Christ ( Matthew 28:18 , John 5:22 John 5:23 ). "[23] This uncleanness would not be easily removed; and therefore the people must not complain of hard times and inconveniences; when they do better, God will more abundantly bless them! 1 2: Haggai 2 Hag 2:1 Vv 1-9: Second message: The temple to be filled with glory. 14. Vs. 2- Haggai's message was directed to the civic leaders, religious leaders and the people themselves. 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 ). Haggai 2:14. Did that automatically entitle the whole people and the entire land to be counted "holy"? 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. Each of us must walk in the light we have. If the priorities of our heart are wrong, nothing we do is really holy to God. Ye are disappointed at the absence of these precious metals in the adorning of this temple, as compared with the first temple: If I pleased I could adorn this temple with them, but I will adorn it with a "glory" ( Haggai 2:7 Haggai 2:9 ) far more precious; namely, with the presence of My divine Son in His veiled glory first, and at His second coming with His revealed glory, accompanied with outward adornment of gold and silver, of which the golden covering within and without put on by Herod is the type. It is no embarrassment at all to us that many of the current liberal interpreters do indeed deny this. Could it be true that all they needed was some good fungicides and hail insurance? 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. It should be noted here that military terminology dominates this passage: "strength of nations," "chariots," "horses," and "sword." (20-23)1-9 Those who are hearty in the Lord's service shall receive encouragement to proceed. In an accommodative sense, that was "the Lord's house," whether the one built by Solomon, rebuilt by Zerubbabel, or renovated by Herod the Great. The reason: the people had not really become "holy" through the token beginning they had made. "In this place ..." As Keil accurately pointed out, "This place is not the temple, but the city of Jerusalem,"[19] from which place the word of the Lord went forth from Mount Zion. The continuity of the prophecies of the Messiah, reaching all the way back to Genesis 3:15 demanded the continuity of Israel. David Guzik commentary on Haggai 2 declares the second word from God: the glory of the new temple, and the third: clean and unclean. There is scarcely a prophecy of Messiah in the Old Testament which does not, to some extent at least, refer to His second coming [SIR ISAAC NEWTON]. 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? 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. Home >> Bible Studies >> Haggai >> Haggai 2:1-9 These small group studies of Haggai contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, teaching points, and applications. "Is the seed yet in the barn? This peace begins by the removal of the difficulty in the way of the just God accepting the guilty ( Psalms 85:8 Psalms 85:10 , Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 9:7 , 53:5 , Zechariah 6:13 , 2 Corinthians 5:18 2 Corinthians 5:19 ); then it creates peace in the sinner's own heart ( Isaiah 57:19 , Acts 10:36 , Romans 5:1 , 14:17 , Ephesians 2:13-17 , Philippians 4:7 ); then peace in the whole earth ( Micah 5:5 , Luke 2:14 ). The expression, "in that day," practically always a reference to the "last times," makes it impossible to refer the words here to the Zerubbabel known to Haggai. (12-15) Commentary on Haggai 1:1-11 (Read Haggai 1:1-11) Observe the sin of the Jews, after their return from captivity in Babylon. 5-9. Similarly, Jesus, the true Messiah, was the true "Son of David," a title held by Zerubbabel only by accommodation. 4. be strong . 8. The heavenly Jerusalem shall be similarly adorned, but shall need "no temple" ( Revelation 21:10-22 ). 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