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Turning point | Haggai 1:12 (ESV)

12 Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.

Haggai 1:12 (ESV)

Review

The preaching of Haggai (and Zachariah) fits into the storyline of Ezra 5:1-2. (See the timeline.) The Jews faced opposition so rebuilding of the temple stopped. These prophets came along as we saw yesterday and confronted and chastened them in the name of the Lord. (See this entry). They had let the most important work go idle and had changed priority to making a living and trying to get comfortable. So God addressed it with a stern rebuke.

Turning point

As we see in this verse, thankfully the Jews – beginning with the leaders – listened and immediately obeyed. This must have been a fragrant aroma to God. As we’ll see, they got back on track in doing the work God gave them to do. And God responded to their obedience as we’ll see tomorrow in Haggai 1:13. 

When we receive the reprimand from God, how do we respond? Regrettably, I at times ignore it and continue on. But then the Spirit keeps knocking on my heart’s door and I (hopefully) open and respond in obedience. How about you? Are you at a turning point and need to obey? Share in the comments or email me and we can pray.

Fear the Lord

They also feared the Lord. This fear is not like fear of the dark; it goes beyond fear of punishment. I like how gotquestions.org describes fear of the Lord: “The believer’s fear is reverence of God. Hebrews 12:28-29 is a good description of this: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ’God is a consuming fire.’” This reverence and awe is exactly what the fear of God means for Christians. This is the motivating factor for us to surrender to the Creator of the Universe.”

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