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Series: A Call to Action - Haggai
Tonight, we begin a sermon series on the OT book of Haggai. I've entitled this series, A Call to Action. Be careful as you turn to the book of Haggai, I expect that many of you might sneeze due to the dust on the pages of your Bible in that area.
So, we'll look at Haggai 1:1-15 and I want to talk to you about Rearranging Your Priorities.
Set the scene: Most of you have heard of a guy named Nebuchadnezzar. He was king of Babylon (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego). In 587 BC, his Babylonian army destroyed Jerusalem and sent God's people into exile to Babylon. Fifty years later, Babylon was overthrown by Cyrus, king of Persia.
Cyrus gave the Jews permission to go back to Jerusalem. One of their first acts upon arriving in Jerusalem was to get started on rebuilding the temple. The worked stopped because of outside opposition. (by the way, anytime you want to do anything for God, expect opposition).
By the time Haggai comes onto the scene, Darius is king of Persia. We don't know many specifics about Haggai or his background but we know one thing very specifically. He prophesied ''In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month.'' Do the math and consult your iPhone calendar and that's August 29th, 520BC.
God uses the prophet Haggai to call the people to action. They had become stagnate and complacent; they hadn't finished the task!
This book is the second shortest book in the entire OT (Obadiah is shorter). It is only 2 chapters and 38 verses. *Y'all would have liked Haggai, he wasn't a long-winded preacher!*
So, this morning we come to the first chapter of this book and we'll talk about Rearranging Your Priorities. Jesus said in Matthew 6:33, ''But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.'' If you notice, Jesus is speaking about priorities; about what ...
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